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DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers are down to only one position player on their bench for Saturday night's game against the New York Yankees.
Catchers Alex Avila and Gerald Laird are both sitting out with right hamstring tightness, and outfielder Andy Dirks is nursing a problem with his right Achilles tendon. None of those three are available for Saturday's game, but the Tigers haven't put any of them on the disabled list.
That leaves infielder Ramon Santiago as the lone reserve at manager Jim Leyland's disposal.
Dirks had an MRI that showed inflammation.
Detroit did transfer left-hander Daniel Schlereth from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, opening a spot on the team's 40-man roster if needed. Schlereth has been out with left shoulder tendinitis.
Updated June 2, 2012