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Suarez leaves game early due to lower back stiffness, Castellanos day-to-day

Two injuries left the Tigers bench short of available position players Tuesday night.

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Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez was removed from the game in the fourth inning Tuesday evening due to experiencing lower back tightness. He is listed as day-to-day and Andrew Romine was inserted in the lineup in his place.

An impressive play by Suarez in the first inning just barely got Alexei Ramirez at first base for the second out. But he went on to have a rough night defensively when two misplays and an error in the third had the rookie shortstop looking out of his element.

Suarez rushed a throw to first base that wasn't even close and resulted in Adam Eaton moving to second base, handing Suarez with an error. Later in the inning he followed it up with another rushed throw after he made a diving stop at a ground ball off the bat of Dayan Viciedo; this time to second base before he'd even recovered from his dive.

Romine, who replaced Suarez at shortstop, hit a single in the fourth inning but was promptly picked off after being too far off the bag at first. Romine attempted to go to second base when he realized his mistake, but Jose Abreu ran Romine down and tagged him out well before he reached second base.

The Tigers bench was already short a player coming into Tuesday night's game due to a late scratch in the lineup of Nick Castellanos that prompted the merry-go-round of changes to the lineup.

Castellanos was removed shortly before game-time when a grounder during batting practice hit the third baseman's finger, resulting in a contusion. He is also listed as day-to-day.