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Marte suffers setback prior to rehab stint

DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Luis Marte, who has been sidelined since April 4 with a strained left hamstring, was set to make his first rehab appearance. However, after experiencing soreness following a bullpen session last week, manager Jim Leyland said Marte was shut down.

"He was throwing the other day, and when he extended, he really felt it a little bit," Leyland said. "So they just shut him down a little bit to make sure."

It's been a tough season for the 25-year-old right-hander so far. After claiming the Tigers' last bullpen spot and making the Opening Day roster, Marte suffered the injury before even playing in a game.

When Marte eventually returns, it's not guaranteed his spot will still be available, according to Leyland. But the skipper will weigh the options and make a "fair" decision based on performance.

"You hate to say it, but sometimes it's the luck of the draw," Leyland said. "Somebody got hurt and somebody else come up here and did a heck of a job. And all of a sudden there's not room for that guy. Other times you say, 'You know what, we still need that guy.'

"I don't know how it's going to play out. I can't answer that. But he did make the team out of Spring Training, and I don't think it's fair to say because he was injured, he's out of the picture, because he's not."

DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Luis Marte, who has been sidelined since April 4 with a strained left hamstring, was set to make his first rehab appearance. However, after experiencing soreness following a bullpen session last week, manager Jim Leyland said Marte was shut down.

"He was throwing the other day, and when he extended, he really felt it a little bit," Leyland said. "So they just shut him down a little bit to make sure."

It's been a tough season for the 25-year-old right-hander so far. After claiming the Tigers' last bullpen spot and making the Opening Day roster, Marte suffered the injury before even playing in a game.

When Marte eventually returns, it's not guaranteed his spot will still be available, according to Leyland. But the skipper will weigh the options and make a "fair" decision based on performance.

"You hate to say it, but sometimes it's the luck of the draw," Leyland said. "Somebody got hurt and somebody else come up here and did a heck of a job. And all of a sudden there's not room for that guy. Other times you say, 'You know what, we still need that guy.'

"I don't know how it's going to play out. I can't answer that. But he did make the team out of Spring Training, and I don't think it's fair to say because he was injured, he's out of the picture, because he's not."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.