NEW YORK -- What a pain in the neck. Victor Martinez's stiff neck kept him from his catching duties for a second straight day on Wednesday, but he was able to contribute from the designated hitter spot, knocking in the Indians' first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Martinez said the neck began bothering him on Sunday. He believes he hurt it in his sleep.
"I woke up Sunday and it was like that," Martinez said. "It was uncomfortable. It's uncomfortable to throw." Martinez's inability to play the field led to some lineup juggling. Kelly Shoppach caught, and Travis Hafner had a day off. Listed as day-to-day, Martinez, who entered Wednesday leading the American League with a .347 average, hopes to return to full action soon. "We'll see," he said. "There's nothing I can really do about it."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.