Young was initially left off Detroit’s roster for the ALCS because of what was then described as a left oblique injury that he aggravated in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Yankees. Further tests showed that might not be the actual nature of his problem.
The Tigers struggled to score runs in the first two games at Texas and, back at Comerica Park, are trying to overcome injuries to Young, Ordonez and outfielder Brennan Boesch.
“Could he be ready for one of their left-handers in the next day or so? I don’t really know how to answer that,” Leyland said. “I would rather not get into that. I’m not a medical person.”
Some of Detroit’s top hitters from the regular season have struggled in the playoffs. Alex Avila entered Tuesday night’s game 2 for 25 in the postseason, and Victor Martinez was 4 for 25.
Still, Games 1 and 2 were both competitive, with Texas taking the opener 3-2 and winning Monday on Nelson Cruz’s 11th-inning grand slam.
“I hate to say this _ this probably sounds terrible: It’s been a great series so far,” Leyland said. “It just hasn’t worked out in our favor at any point.”
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