DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland saw the 95-mph fastball from Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen hit Jose Iglesias' left hand and thought the worst.
"To be honest with you, I thought it was probably broken, because it didn't sound good," Leyland said later.
He wasn't the only one.
"I felt that way, too," Iglesias said. "It was 95 mph in the hands. But I got lucky."
The relief over the X-ray results was still evident from both of them after Thursday's win over the Mariners. Instead of a fractured hand and a season over, Iglesias is listed as day to day with a left hand contusion.
Leyland doesn't expect to have Iglesias for Friday's series opener against the White Sox, and he isn't sure about the next few days after that. But he at least doesn't have to make alternate plans at shortstop for October.
"The only thing I'm concerned about is a broken hand and missing the rest of the season," Iglesias said. "It's not broken, that's a good thing and I'm happy about it."
Wilhelmsen's sixth-inning fastball busted inside on Iglesias, sending him to the ground in obvious pain. The Mariners' former closer has been dealing with command woes for much of the year, which led to a summer stint at Triple-A Tacoma.
The ball hit Iglesias at the base of his hand. It didn't catch the wrist, but it was still painful.
"When you get hit in a spot like this one, it's bad," he said.
Iglesias got back on his feet after a quick examination from head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, but promptly left the game and headed to the Tigers clubhouse for further examination, including the X-ray exam at Comerica Park.
"Whenever you get hit in the hand, you're always worried," teammate Torii Hunter said, "because you have so many bones, little bones, and just a small fracture can put you out. So we're glad we got the good news that nothing's broken, nothing fractured, and we'll have him in a couple days."
It was the 11th pitch to hit Iglesias in 105 games this year, the fourth-highest hit-by-pitch total among American League players. That matches his total from four seasons in the minor leagues, four each in 2010 and 2011. He suffered a broken hand in 2010, but he said that pitch hit him in a different part of it.
"It's part of the game," he said.
The Tigers have enjoyed a defensive resurgence in their middle infield since Iglesias took over at shortstop six weeks ago for suspended Jhonny Peralta. If Iglesias had a significant injury, the prospect of Peralta returning from his suspension next week to play a major role on the Tigers would have taken on new meaning.
The Tigers have already said Peralta will not get his old shortstop job back from Iglesias. They've had Peralta taking fly balls in left field in preparation for potential utility work or spot duty as a right-handed bat. His 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal ends in a week.
On Thursday, Ramon Santiago moved over from third base to replace Iglesias at short. Don Kelly pinch-ran for Iglesias and entered the game at third base.
Coke to rest tender pitching elbow for few days
DETROIT -- Phil Coke reported he felt tenderness in his left elbow after his outing in Wednesday's game and will be sidelined for a couple of days.
It's the first time Coke has felt more than general soreness in his elbow this season, experiencing pain when throwing his slider.
"He felt like he couldn't finish his pitches," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "We had him examined and we're shutting him down for the next couple of days."
Coke said he was cognizant of the pain by the time he faced Michael Saunders, his sixth batter of the inning. Coke allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits in two-thirds of an inning, giving up a RBI double to Saunders.
"It freaked me out," Coke said.
Tigers add four more players to AFL roster
DETROIT -- The Tigers added four Minor Leaguers to their Arizona Fall League roster on Thursday.
Right-hander Tommy Collier, left-handers Kenny Faulk and Blaine Hardy, and shortstop Dixon Machado will join the Mesa Solar Sox, with play beginning on Oct. 8.
Collier made all but one of his starts this season with Class A-Advanced Lakeland, going 5-3 with a 4.43 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Faulk earned an invitation to big league camp this season, and had a 3.65 ERA over 32 relief appearances with Triple-A Toledo. Faulk held opposing hitters to a .170 average and struck out 52 in 44 1/3 innings, though he had 31 walks.
Hardy split the season at Double-A Erie and Toledo, going 8-3 with a 1.67 ERA in 30 appearances and nine starts. In his last three starts, Hardy tossed 24 scoreless innings, giving up just eight hits and striking out 11.
Machado battled injuries throughout the season, playing 37 games with Lakeland and batting .215 with 19 runs scored and 12 RBIs.
Those four players will join Tigers prospects outfielder Tyler Collins, infielder Devon Travis and right-hander Corey Knebel, who were already named to the team at the end of August.
Martinez makes rare start at catcher for Tigers
DETROIT -- Victor Martinez made his third start at catcher this season on Thursday, his first time behind the plate in an American League park since 2011.
Martinez caught two games against the Mets in August, when the Tigers didn't have the luxury of a designated hitter due to National League rules. Miguel Cabrera took over as the DH on Thursday, while Ramon Santiago played third.
"I wanted to keep Miggy off his feet for a day," manager Jim Leyland said. "I wanted to keep Victor in the lineup, and I thought it would be a good day, [because] Alex [Avila] wasn't going to play. It gives us good defense at third with Santiago playing, and with Miggy [at DH], I want to keep Victor in there."
The Tigers will end the regular season with a three-game road series against the Marlins and Martinez may catch again in that series.
"I think it's totally unfair for an American League team to finish in a National League city for the last three games of the season," Leyland said. "I don't mind Interleague play at the end of the season, if that's what you want to do, that's fine. But in my opinion, if you're going to have an American League team play a National League team the last three days of the season, it should be in an American League park."
If Detroit makes the playoffs, and Martinez doesn't start any of the games in Miami, he could potentially go a week without playing in a full game. There is a four-day break between the end of the regular season and the playoffs for division winners.
"I don't try to open up a can of worms, or upset any of the people who make the schedule or anything like that, but it's ridiculous, plain and simple," Leyland said.
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.