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Candelario to rehab wrist after encouraging MRI

Third baseman's exam a precautionary step to monitor ligament injury
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DETROIT -- Add Jeimer Candelario to the list of Tigers injuries. The switch-hitting third baseman spent Sunday undergoing an MRI exam on his left wrist, which has bothered him off-and-on for much of his brief big league career but has become increasingly bothersome for him recently.

The MRI exam showed nothing serious, Candelario said.

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DETROIT -- Add Jeimer Candelario to the list of Tigers injuries. The switch-hitting third baseman spent Sunday undergoing an MRI exam on his left wrist, which has bothered him off-and-on for much of his brief big league career but has become increasingly bothersome for him recently.

The MRI exam showed nothing serious, Candelario said.

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"Everything's good," Candelario said. "I'm going to try to just do some rehab, get it better."

His wrist has Trianglular Fibrocartilage Complex, as head athletic trainer Doug Teter classified it, and it's a fairly common ligament injury among hitters. The ligament is critical when the wrist rotates in the swing. Former Tigers All-Star Carlos Guillen dealt with it for much of his career. The Tigers knew Candelario was dealing with it when they acquired him from the Cubs last July in the Justin Wilson/Alex Avila trade.

Most play through it, dealing with various levels of pain. Surgery is a last resort, given how critical the wrist is to a hitter and the other muscles and tissues in there.

"It really comes down to whether you can play with it or not," Teter said. "If it gets to a point where you can't, then [surgery] may be your only option left, but it's not the greatest option."

The MRI exam is mainly a precaution to make sure Candelario doesn't need surgery, and that the wrist hasn't worsened since his previous trade with the Cubs. Assuming he doesn't need surgery, he'll manage the pain and try to keep the wrist loose.

The wrist hasn't kept Candelario from a strong start in his first full season as a Tiger. The 24-year-old entered Sunday batting .272 (40-for-147) with five home runs, 16 RBIs and an .856 OPS. He played every inning of Saturday's doubleheader, going 0-for-7 with two walks and four strikeouts.

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Jordan Zimmermann, currently on the 10-day DL with a right shoulder impingement, is scheduled to play catch Monday but will not be ready when he's eligible to be activated Wednesday. The Tigers will need a spot starter that day and will call up a pitcher from Triple-A Toledo, manager Ron Gardenhire said. One candidate could be Ryan Carpenter, who threw just 19 pitches Saturday night as the 26th player for the doubleheader.

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Miguel Cabrera continues to get treatment on his strained right hamstring, but has not yet resumed baseball activity and will not be ready to be activated from the 10-day DL on Monday.

"It's a process," Gardenhire said.

Nicholas Castellanos is day to day with a bruised left pinky finger suffered when he was hit by a pitch during the first inning of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. X-rays were negative, but Castellanos has lingering soreness around the knuckle.

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Leonys Martin is scheduled to rejoin the Tigers in Detroit on Monday after spending the weekend at home in Miami rehabbing his left hamstring strain. He's eligible to be activated from the 10-day DL on Friday.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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