DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Luis Marte, who has been sidelined since April 4 with a strained left hamstring, was set to make his first rehab appearance. However, after experiencing soreness following a bullpen session last week, manager Jim Leyland said Marte was shut down.

"He was throwing the other day, and when he extended, he really felt it a little bit," Leyland said. "So they just shut him down a little bit to make sure."

It's been a tough season for the 25-year-old right-hander so far. After claiming the Tigers' last bullpen spot and making the Opening Day roster, Marte suffered the injury before even playing in a game.

When Marte eventually returns, it's not guaranteed his spot will still be available, according to Leyland. But the skipper will weigh the options and make a "fair" decision based on performance.

"You hate to say it, but sometimes it's the luck of the draw," Leyland said. "Somebody got hurt and somebody else come up here and did a heck of a job. And all of a sudden there's not room for that guy. Other times you say, 'You know what, we still need that guy.'

"I don't know how it's going to play out. I can't answer that. But he did make the team out of Spring Training, and I don't think it's fair to say because he was injured, he's out of the picture, because he's not."

Dirks isn't concerned about his tight hamstring

DETROIT -- Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was in the clubhouse on Wednesday receiving treatment on his left hamstring and preparing to test it out on the field during batting practice.

Dirks left Tuesday night's game against the Royals in the fourth inning, when he came up limping after legging out a double on a misplayed fly ball by left fielder Alex Gordon. Dirks, who has already missed eight games this season because of the hamstring, said he's receiving the "standard" treatment of ice and heat in an attempt to relax the tight muscle.

Dirks wasn't concerned after Tuesday's game because he didn't believe he re-pulled the hamstring, and he didn't sound concerned the morning after either.

"It feels better today," he said. "Just a little tight, but other than that, it feels pretty good ... I got to get out on the field and see how it feels, though."

Dirks wasn't in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale, but he did some light jogging and took batting practice as he appeared to be OK. Ryan Raburn got the start in left field, with Brad Eldred taking over as designated hitter.

Peralta meets his match with Francoeur's arm

DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta has a selection of American League pitchers who seem to have his number. He also seems to have an outfielder as a nemesis, as many times as Jeff Francoeur has thrown him out.

After Francoeur did it again Tuesday night, he might not get the chance for a while.

"You know, I'm not going to run anymore on him," Peralta said Wednesday morning before the series finale. "That's three times already."

Francoeur has 20 assists since the start of last season. Peralta has been the victim of three of them, including twice in four meetings this year. All three times, Peralta has been trying to go from first to third on a single to right field.

Peralta has gotten the call from third-base coach Gene Lamont on two of them, only to have Francoeur surprise him by gathering the ball and throwing him out. Tuesday's play, Peralta said, was him running on his own. Once he saw third baseman Mike Moustakas' reaction to the ball coming in, he knew he was in trouble.

"When I saw the third baseman [react], I thought, 'Oh my God, one more time,'" Peralta said. "It's crazy."

Manager Jim Leyland said after Tuesday's game that he has no problem challenging Francoeur like that with one out. In Tuesday's situation with two outs, it "probably wasn't the smartest thing" to do.

Peralta and Leyland both praised Francoeur's arm. Leyland praised his hands as well.

"There are a lot of outfielders that have really good arms, but they never throw anybody out because they don't trust their hands," Leyland said. "They take too long to make sure that they're going to catch it and they have it, and then it's too late. This guy, he really trusts his hands."