Martinez injures left index finger
Tribe catcher might return to lineup Friday with cuticle issue
CHICAGO -- Catcher Victor Martinez left Thursday night's game against the White Sox in the middle of the fourth inning with an injury to his left index finger.Martinez, who was 0-for-2 in two at-bats, was replaced by backup Kelly Shoppach. After the game, manager Eric Wedge said the injury "wasn't baseball-related." "The cuticle broke open, and he couldn't grip the bat," Wedge said. "We had to get him out of there. We're hoping to have him back in there [Friday]." Martinez has just three hits in his last 27 at-bats. He is batting .300 with no home runs and 15 RBIs this season.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.