Tigers reliever Seay hurt in win over Indians

BY foxsports • September 25, 2009

Left-handed specialist Bobby Seay, one of the team's most vital relievers, appeared to suffer an injury in the eighth inning. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said Seay acknowledged feeling some pain near his left collarbone.

"We're going to have to get that checked out," Leyland said.

Seay has made 66 appearances this season, second only to Fernando Rodney among Tigers relievers, and has been effective against left-handed hitters for much of the year.

But he has allowed a .393 batting average in September, his worst mark of the season.

Catcher Gerald Laird noticed that Seay "didn't look right" during Travis Hafner's at-bat during the eighth inning. At that, Laird beckoned head athletic trainer Kevin Rand from the dugout.

"I think it was the first pitch (to Hafner) -- something happened," Laird said. "On the second one, it kind of got worse. That's when I called everyone out. I didn't want him getting hurt -- or if he could get out of there without hurting it worse."

"We're going to need him. He's a big part of our bullpen. He's had a great year."

Seay completed the Choo at-bat but left immediately afterward.

Seay declined to discuss his status after the game, saying he wanted more information before making any comment.

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