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The Detroit Tigers' outfielder corps got a bit thinner on Wednesday, with news that Marcus Thames will be out for a week to nurse an abdominal injury. The Tigers were already without their three starting outfielders, with Carlos Guillen, Curtis Granderson, and Magglio Ordonez all playing in the World Baseball Classic. Their participation will continue further, as both Team USA and Venezuela advanced to the second round of the tournament.

Thames strained an abdominal muscle while attempting a diving catch in Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. According to Jim Leyland, the injury isn't serious, but since it's Spring Training and Thames' spot on the major league roster is pretty much assured, there's no need for him to force the issue.

For now, that leaves Detroit's outfield rotation to Ryan Raburn, Brent Clevlen, Ryan Raburn, Wilkin Ramirez, and Jeff Larish.

Also getting a short rest will be catcher Matt Treanor, who's working out some soreness from hernia surgery he had in the offseason.