Victor Martinez out with thumb injury

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Martinez suffered a cut to his thumb, requiring eight stitches.

When today's starting lineup was released by the Detroit Tigers, there was an odd omission. No Victor Martinez. Andy Dirks was batting in the five hole as the DH against Blue Jays' starter Brandon Morrow.

Before the cries for Jim Leyland's head start (again) for the makeup of his batting order, turns out there was a legitimate reason for Martinez being out of the lineup. Eight of them, actually.

Martinez is considered day-to-day.

But eight stitches from the bat rack? Must be made of razor blades.

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