Tigers start series with White Sox shorthanded

DETROIT — The Tigers’ bench ended up a little short Tuesday night.

Third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from the lineup after taking a ground ball off of his middle finger during batting practice.

"It hit my nail and blood started to get caught up underneath," Castellanos said after the game. "As soon as they got all that stuff out, it was a lot better."

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Castellanos probably could have played.

"Nick could have hit (Tuesday), if we needed him, for sure," Ausmus said. "He probably could have played, if he was forced to, so it’s not a big concern."

It was frustrating for Castellanos to have to sit.

"I felt good today in batting practice," Castellanos said. "I was excited to start this homestand, and this kind of happens in batting practice. It’s kind of annoying and frustrating at the same time.

"I wasn’t so much worried about the at-bats because I can figure out a way to grind out my at-bats. It was more of the catching and throwing to first, putting pressure on the baseball. That was the issue. The trainers did a great job. My finger feels a lot better."

The Tigers shifted Miguel Cabrera to third base, put designated hitter Victor Martinez at first base, moved Torii Hunter from right field to DH and put J.D. Martinez in the lineup in right field.

Shortstop Eugenio Suarez started the game but left after the top of the fourth inning with lower-back stiffness, leaving just Don Kelly and Alex Avila on the bench.

"I felt a pinch when I threw the ball to first base on the Alexei Ramirez ground ball," Suarez said. "I felt a little pinch, but I tried to keep going. But my back said no. The ground ball to short, when I made the throw, it was bad. My back hurt. Right now, I feel better."

Suarez committed a throwing error in the third, his fifth of the season.

Both players are considered day-to-day, but Castellanos said he’s good to go.

"I have every intention of playing (Wednesday)," Castellanos said.