LAKELAND, Fla. -- Angel Pagan was removed midway through the second inning Tuesday because of tightness in his lower back, but he said it was only because he couldn't get comfortable during the 150-mile bus ride from Port St. Lucie to the Tigers' complex.
"During the season I could have played with it," Pagan said, "but there's no reason to get something bad out of it and maybe get hurt."
Pagan already was scheduled to be off Wednesday, manager Terry Collins said. Pagan expects to return to the lineup Thursday.
Collins said Carlos Beltran is exclusively a rightfielder this season.
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Isringhausen, 38, had not appeared in a game since Friday because of muscle soreness in his right elbow, and was prescribed a three-day dosage of anti-inflammatory medication.
Isringhausen began with some long throws from shortstop, and then lightly spun off about nine or 10 curveballs to Warthen. Isringhausen's looping curve puts the most strain on that area of the elbow -- he's had three Tommy John operations -- but there were no issues. The day after is usually the best indication, but Isringhausen doesn't anticipate any more setbacks.
"There won't be any problem," Isringhausen said. "I can already tell. It actually feels like I haven't thrown in five days, that's the only thing. Old muscles get tight and I've got to throw. But it's fine, as far as I'm concerned."