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Tigers' Suarez sprains knee, exits early vs. Yanks

Rookie shortstop to be re-evaluated Tuesday in New York

NEW YORK -- Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez came out of the game with a left knee sprain after successfully stealing a base in the fifth inning on Monday. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday in New York.

The Tigers are hoping Suarez can avoid a stint on the disabled list, but manager Brad Ausmus said the shortstop will likely be out for more than one day.

"We don't know anything definitive right now," Ausmus said. "Chances are it's going to be more than one day, but we're hoping best-case scenario that it's similar to what happened to him previously, and that in four or five days he'll be ready to play again and we can avoid a DL stint."

The rookie shortstop injured his knee during his first game in the Majors this season, but missed just two games.

On Monday, Suarez slid into second base safely, beating the throw from Yankees catcher Brian McCann, but Ausmus was quickly joined by a trainer on the field, and Suarez was lifted from the game and replaced by Andrew Romine.

Romine, who will fill in during Suarez's absence, would score on a single by Ian Kinsler and stayed in the game at shortstop in a 2-1 Detroit loss.

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for
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