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Injured Tigers quartet healing on schedule

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DETROIT -- The Tigers have been bitten by the injury bug early on this season, but manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that all four players nursing short-term injuries are on schedule to return soon.

Miguel Cabrera (right groin strain), J.D. Martinez (right foot sprain), Jose Iglesias (concussion) and JaCoby Jones (lip laceration) have made progress, and Ausmus said he doesn't expect any of them to be out longer than what their DL stints dictate.

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DETROIT -- The Tigers have been bitten by the injury bug early on this season, but manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that all four players nursing short-term injuries are on schedule to return soon.

Miguel Cabrera (right groin strain), J.D. Martinez (right foot sprain), Jose Iglesias (concussion) and JaCoby Jones (lip laceration) have made progress, and Ausmus said he doesn't expect any of them to be out longer than what their DL stints dictate.

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Cabrera, who was placed on the 10-day DL on April 22, told Ausmus on Tuesday that he was feeling "really good," and was expected to work out on an exercise bike.

Martinez has yet to play this season, but Ausmus said he thinks he is getting relatively close and is just waiting to hear the all-clear from Martinez. Martinez ran on Monday and said it was the best he has felt since suffering the injury.

Iglesias was cleared for baseball activities on Tuesday, and Ausmus said he could return by the end of the week if he doesn't suffer any setbacks.

Jones still has a swollen mouth after being hit in the face by a fastball on Saturday in Minneapolis. Ausmus said he expects Jones will return at the end of his 10-day DL stint, but that he may go to Triple-A Toledo for a brief rehab assignment.

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"Probably, just so he can get back in the box," Ausmus said. "When you get hit in the head or the face, it's a little bit different than getting hit in the thigh, just from a mental standpoint."

While having four key players out of the lineup is never ideal, Ausmus has been pleased with the performance of callups John Hicks and Jim Adduci, who each delivered offensively in Sunday's win at Minnesota.

"Hicks and Adduci have immediately contributed offensively," Ausmus said. "I'm glad they have; I hope they continue to. I'd rather have Miggy back, I'd rather have J.D. back. That's no offense to them, but it's good when guys can step in and fill very big shoes even in the short term."

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit.

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