NEW Y0RK -- Jim Leyland doesn't want to make too much of this. He's having Victor Martinez catch Sunday against the Mets to keep his bat in the lineup in a National League ballpark. That's it.
"I'm putting him in there, because I think it gives us the best chance to win the game," Leyland said. "And he's totally healthy."
Martinez was the Tigers' starting catcher on Friday for the first time since Aug. 4, 2011, before he suffered a knee injury and missed all of last season recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
On Sunday, he was back behind the plate again. Leyland said he doesn't want it to become too big of a deal.
Martinez was clearly excited to catch again before Friday's game. Torii Hunter joked about how Martinez was trying on all of his catching gear on Thursday in anticipation of returning to his old position.
While Martinez called a good game working with Doug Fister on Friday, he said he didn't feel the need to prove he can still catch.
"I don't think I have to show anything to anybody," Martinez said. "First of all, I know my role. Since I got here, I knew I was going to be mainly a DH, catching once in a while when Alex [Avila] gets an off-day. Unfortunately I had a bad injury, missed the whole year."
Leyland said he understands Martinez's excitement to get behind the plate again, but knows he's not an everyday catcher anymore.
"He's fired up. He likes to play. He's getting smarter," Leyland said. "Normally, he'd say he could still catch every day. He can't. He's figured that out. He can't do it every day on an everyday basis. Victor's really a bright guy. He loves to compete."
Tigers resting Iglesias as elbow soreness lingers
NEW YORK -- Jose Iglesias was out of the Tigers' starting lineup for the second straight game on Sunday as he continues to deal with soreness just above his left elbow after he was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning of Friday's game.
On Saturday, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Iglesias couldn't bend his arm. Iglesias has been icing the elbow, but is still battling some swelling and soreness. So he'll receive more treatment and rest in the hopes he can get back on the field.
After David Aardsma drilled Iglesias, he stayed in the game at shortstop for the bottom of the ninth inning. Fortunately, he didn't need to make any throws.
"I stayed one inning, but I was praying to not get any ground balls," Iglesias said.
As he did on Saturday, Ramon Santiago will start at shortstop in place of Iglesias.
Meanwhile, Omar Infante, who tweaked his ankle while rounding second base in Saturday's game, is starting at second base for the Tigers. Infante spent just over a month on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle before being activated on Aug. 12.
In 11 games since returning from the DL, Infante is hitting .386 with five runs scored and two RBIs.
Leyland said he'll monitor Infante's ankle and will likely give him a rest this week.
"He's OK. He's swinging good," Leyland said. "I'm a little hamstrung today without Iglesias, so I'll pick one of these next four days probably to give Omar a blow."
• Catcher Alex Avila played in another rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday. Serving as the team's designated hitter, Avila went 0-for-3.
Avila's been on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with delayed concussive symptoms.
He caught three innings on Thursday, but had to leave the game with a headache.
• Since the start of the 2006 season, the Tigers have a .648 winning percentage in Interleague Play. That's the second-best mark among Major League teams over that span, with only the Red Sox having a better percentage, at .674.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.