Tigers catcher Gerald Laird left the game in the fifth inning Wednesday after apparently re-injuring a hamstring while running the bases. He is day-to-day with a left- hamstring cramp, the Tigers report.
With No. 1 catcher Alex Avila set to return from his minor-league rehab stint and rejoin the Tigers Thursday, Laird's injury could have meant a continued stay in the big leagues for backup catcher Bryan Holaday.
However, it appears the injury will not be bad enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list for Laird. But check back for more information after the game.
Updated: Laird said he felt the pain after sliding into second base, rather than when he was running like during other hamstring injuries (and he has a lot to compare to). Laird said it felt like a knot, but added that it didn't seem like a bad injury. The game was played in hot, humid weather, which could have contributed to a cramp. Laird was receiving an IV after the game, as well.
Laird will rest the leg overnight and see how it feels in the morning. At that point, the Tigers will decide whether to place him on the DL or just leave him on day-to-day status while it heals a bit.