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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers activated DH Victor Martinez from the 10-day disabled list.
Martinez missed nearly two weeks of action with an irregular heartbeat. Thankfully, it appears that he's going to be fine. He'll go back to being the Tigers' regular designated hitter. Jun 28 - 3:02 PM

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Victor Martinez (heart) has been cleared for light workouts.

Martinez spent about 10 minutes on the elliptical and swung off a batting tee on Wednesday. The 38-year-old was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat last week but is already back on the comeback trail. Martinez has hit .261 with five homers and 29 RBI this season.
Jun 22 - 8:29 PM

Victor Martinez was released from the hospital on Saturday.

Martinez spent two nights in the hospital due to an irregular heartbeat. He will not accompany the Tigers on their upcoming road trip and will rest for the next 10 days before determining the next course of action in his recovery. As of now, there is no clear timetable for his return.
Jun 17 - 2:12 PM

Tigers placed DH Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a heart condition.

Martinez pulled himself from Thursday's game against the Rays after experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, and an elevated heart rate, and he was admitted to a local hospital for overnight observation. Miguel Cabrera figures to serve as the Tigers' primary DH while V-Mart is sidelined, opening starts at first base for Alex Avila.
Jun 16 - 4:14 PM

Victor Martinez (illness) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday.

That's no surprise after he spent Thursday night in a Detroit hospital with an irregular heartbeat. Miguel Cabrera is at DH and batting third on Friday night against the Rays. Alex Avila is at first base and James McCann will start behind the plate.
Jun 16 - 4:12 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Victor Martinez (illness) spent the night in a Detroit hospital on Thursday.

Martinez made an early exit from Thursday's game against the Rays after experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, and an elevated heart rate. Ausmus said Friday afternoon that this is "more scary than a general baseball injury." That's all the information available at the moment.
Jun 16 - 1:58 PM

Victor Martinez pulled himself from Thursday night's game after experiencing some nausea.

"He’s not feeling well," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the 5-3 win over the Rays. "He got cold sweats, dizzy and his heart was racing. It got to a point where he felt he couldn’t go." Hopefully it's just a minor illness. Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI before getting replaced at DH by Dixon Machado.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 16 - 6:27 AM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 in a win over the Angels on Wednesday.

He factored into a pair of runs but didn't get any credit for it in the box score. He hit into a double play that plated a run in the third inning but was not awarded an RBI. He singled in the eighth inning, advanced to second on a single by J.D. Martinez and was then lifted for a pinch-runner who scored on a home run by Justin Upton. Martinez is batting .268/.347/.395 with five homers and 28 RBI in 216 plate appearances. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the 38-year-old veteran go on a hot streak at some point this summer. He hit .289 with 27 homers and 86 RBI a year ago.
Jun 7 - 11:04 PM

Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a simple day off. The Tigers have J.D. Martinez in the designated hitter spot and Mikie Mahtook in right field.
Jun 4 - 10:00 AM

Victor Martinez (flu) returned to the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday.

Martinez left Friday's game due to flu-like symptoms. He's in his customary cleanup spot for Saturday afternoon's contest against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox.
Jun 3 - 12:52 PM

Victor Martinez was removed from Friday's game against the White Sox due to flu-like symptoms.

Martinez was 1-for-3 at the dish before departing. He's considered day-to-day and is likely to return to the lineup on Saturday.
Jun 2 - 9:22 PM

Victor Martinez hit a home run and scored twice in a win over the Royals on Wednesday.

He launched a solo shot in the second inning to begin the Tigers' comeback. He drew a walk and scored in the third inning. He was left stranded after singling in the fourth. For the season the veteran designated hitter is batting .269/.350/.400 with five homers and 28 RBI.
Jun 1 - 12:21 AM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of walks in Saturday's nightcap against the White Sox.

Amazingly, V-Mart walked five times over the course of the two games in Saturday's doubleheader. He also connected for the solo homer in the ninth inning, his fourth of the year. It's not flashy, but the 38-year-old is having a decent year at the plate thus far, hitting .264/.350/.384 in 44 games.
May 27 - 10:30 PM

Tigers activated DH Victor Martinez from the paternity leave list.

V-Mart was away for a few days following the birth of his third child. He's in the DH spot and batting cleanup Monday against Brad Peacock and the Astros.
May 22 - 5:23 PM

Tigers placed DH Victor Martinez on the paternity leave list.

Right-hander Buck Farmer was called up from Triple-A Toledo in the corresponding move. Martinez will be away from the team while he welcomes his third child. He'll be back in a few days.
May 18 - 4:49 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Mikie Mahtook
3Andrew Romine
4Matt den Dekker
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf