CLEVELAND -- Matt LaPorta, one of the Tribe's few bright spots down the stretch this season, is hurt.
It remains to be seen how serious the left-hip inflammation that knocked LaPorta out of Tuesday's game is, but it certainly wasn't a welcome development in a 3-1 loss to the Tigers at Progressive Field.
For now, LaPorta, who left the game in the fourth inning, is listed as day-to-day.
LaPorta started at first base and reached on a single in the second inning. He was thrown out at home when trying to score from second on a Trevor Crowe single and played the top of the third. Andy Marte replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth.
Indians manager Eric Wedge said LaPorta first felt pain in his hip while trying to score.
"He broke for home and felt something," Wedge said. "He wasn't able to explode or do a whole lot. We'll see how he feels [Wednesday]."
LaPorta, a key acquisition in the 2008 trade that sent CC Sabathia to the Brewers, is batting .266 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 43 games for the Tribe this season.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com.
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