DETROIT (AP) -Detroit Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco left Saturday's game against Cleveland after the sixth inning because of a muscle spasm in his oblique and is day-to-day.
Polanco went from sprinting to stopping awkwardly when third base coach Gene Lamont signaled for him to stop after Gary Sheffield's single. Polanco then scored on Magglio Ordonez's sacrifice fly.
``When they held me at third base, I felt something in my ribs, but it wasn't a big deal,'' Polanco said after the Indians beat Detroit 6-3. ``But when I slid at home plate, I was out of breath for a while and I couldn't talk or breathe. But it's nothing major or nothing bad.''
Polanco, who said the ribs on his left side were sore, hoped to play Sunday night in the series finale. Tigers manager Jim Leyland doubted he would have the second baseman in the lineup.
He is hitting .326 with a homer and 26 RBIs and is among league leaders with a .447 batting average with runners in scoring percentage.
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