BOSTON (AP) -- Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco left Tuesday night's game against Boston with a separated left shoulder after making a diving catch in shallow center field.
Polanco went back on a flare from Doug Mirabelli with two out and a runner on second and the Tigers leading 2-1 in the seventh inning. He made the catch, preventing the tying run from scoring, but stayed on the ground while his teammates motioned frantically for the training staff.
He walked off a few minutes later with a trainer holding his left arm steady. Vance Wilson pinch-hit for him to lead off the eighth.
Tigers spokesman Brian Britten said in the ninth inning that Polanco has a separated shoulder and would undergo further testing on Wednesday.
Detroit, which has not been in the playoffs since 1987, has the best record in the major leagues.
Didn't look good at all. This injury could be season ending for Polanco. I still can't believe he held on to the ball.