LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -Gary Sheffield missed his third straight spring training game with leg cramps Sunday but is expected to return to the lineup in a couple of days.
Detroit's designated hitter sat out against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The 39-year-old slugger is expected to play Tuesday when the Tigers host the Cincinnati Reds in a split-squad game.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he sensed Sheffield was capable of playing Sunday, but decided two more days off couldn't hurt.
``I'd be worried more if he was the shortstop, where you've got to play, take groundballs, make the double play,'' Leyland said. ``He's probably not going to play the outfield to start with. If he's able to hit to start with, that's good enough for right now.
``I'm not worried about him. He could hit on Christmas Day.''
Leyland also has been concerned about a tight quadriceps muscle hampering third baseman Miguel Cabrera, and soreness in shortstop Edgar Renteria's throwing arm. Both players were in the lineup Sunday.
``They've got to get ready,'' Leyland said. ``But at the same time, when you're a manager, you can't push them getting ready and get them hurt, and then they're on the disabled list.''
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