Martin starts, but thumb has Yankees cautious

Martin starts, but thumb has Yankees cautious

DETROIT -- Yankees catcher Russell Martin's jammed right thumb was such a concern on Thursday, the team constructed a lineup that included backup catcher Chris Stewart, manager Joe Girardi said.

But Martin said that his thumb was not an issue and promised that he would be ready to play in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.

"I'm sure the day off helped his thumb, but it's something he's been fighting for a little while," Girardi said.

Martin was seen grimacing in pain during the late innings of Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers in Game 3 at Comerica Park, receiving attention from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, but he remained in the game. Stewart has not appeared in any of the Yankees' eight postseason games.