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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that whether Victor Martinez is in the lineup versus a right-hander will be a day-to-day decision.
Martinez has some soreness in his left knee and it bothers him most when batting left-handed. Ausmus plans to visit with the designated hitter each day when the club faces a righty to see how he feels before writing his name into the lineup. "He said he feels good," Ausmus said. "He actually looked a lot better [Monday] than he did the day before." The skipper added that the switch-hitting V-Mart has no plans to bat right-handed against a righty "at least as of right now." Apr 21 - 9:23 PM

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted Sunday that Victor Martinez (knee) is "certainly not 100 percent."

V-Mart is battling soreness in his left knee, although Ausmus revealed that the discomfort is in the top of the knee and not in the area the designated hitter had surgically-repaired. It's more of an issue when Martinez bats left-handed, but Ausmus doesn't plan to sit V-Mart against any more righties as he did on Friday. Worth noting is that Martinez is hitless in seven at-bats since he tweaked the knee on April 11.
Apr 19 - 11:01 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

Martinez has been out of the lineup the entire week, partially due to playing in a National League park to begin the week, and partially due to his surgically-repaired left knee. It appears that it could be a lingering problem throughout the season, so expect Martinez to receive the occasional day off.
Apr 18 - 10:11 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that soreness in Victor Martinez's surgically-repaired left knee is the reason for his absence from the lineup.

It was reported earlier that a sore back was keeping Martinez out, but evidently it's the knee that's the culprit. That's not encouraging given that V-Mart has already rested four out of the last five days after feeling a pinch in the knee last Saturday. Ausmus said that Martinez is available to pinch-hit, so it would stand to reason that the club doesn't think he'll be out much longer. Still, it's not great news.
Apr 17 - 11:26 AM

Victor Martinez is not in Friday's lineup due to a sore back.

So it's his back, not his knee, that's keeping him out, which is a relief. It's not clear when Martinez tweaked his back, but it could have been that and not just the lack of the designated hitter option that's kept him out of action so far this week. V-Mart will try to take batting practice Friday.
Apr 17 - 10:38 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is not in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Martinez was expected to (and did) sit out all three games in Pittsburgh with the designated hitter spot not available, but that he remains out Friday with the Tigers back home isn't a great sign. V-Mart tweaked his surgically-repaired left knee last Saturday and was in the lineup on Sunday, but it appears he's not feeling 100 percent. Rajai Davis is in left field Friday, with Yoenis Cespedes in the DH slot.
Apr 17 - 9:37 AM

Victor Martinez is available to pinch hit Wednesday.

But the veteran designated hitter is not in the starting lineup because the Tigers are playing the Pirates at a National League park. V-Mart recently had a scare with his surgically-repaired left knee, so this stretch of rest might do him some good.
Apr 15 - 5:43 PM

Victor Martinez is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

The Tigers are playing under National League rules, so V-Mart is limited to pinch-hitting duties. Given the recent scare with his surgically-repaired knee, this is a good time to give him a rest anyway. He struck out in a pinch-hit appearance during Monday's game.
Apr 14 - 2:55 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.

Martinez should be available to hit off the bench. He left Saturday's game against the Indians after feeling a pinch in his surgically-repaired left knee, though it wasn't serious enough to keep him from playing on Sunday. The Tigers have no reason to push Martinez at such an early stage. Don't be surprised if he sees a little more rest over the next week or so. The injury isn't considered major.
Apr 13 - 10:06 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

Martinez had to be lifted from Saturday's contest after feeling a pinch in his surgically-repaired left knee, but he's back out there the next day. It seems like the Tigers are being unnecessarily risky, but they're obviously convinced it was just a minor hiccup for V-Mart rather than a setback. James McCann is starting at catcher Sunday, with Alex Avila getting a day off.
Source: M-Live.com
Apr 12 - 9:53 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expects Victor Martinez (knee) to be in the lineup on Sunday.

Martinez exited Saturday's game after feeling a pinch in his left knee cap, which is the same knee he had surgically repaired in February. It sure sounds concerning, but both V-Mart and the Tigers don't seem worried. "I'm not concerned because I've been here before," Martinez said. "The same thing happened two, three years ago when I lost the whole year. I had to deal with it for quite a bit." Ausmus added that V-Mart "took a hellacious hack and it kind of grabbed him, but it calmed down pretty quickly and we don't think it's anything serious." The Tigers are in Pittsburgh for an interleague series Monday-Wednesday, so Martinez could get five days off in a row if he rests Sunday. It sounds like Ausmus plans to pencil his name into the lineup, though.
Source: M-Live.com
Apr 12 - 9:21 AM

Victor Martinez exited Saturday's game against the Indians after feeling a pinch in the back of his left leg.

The indication being that it was some sort of calf muscle tweak. V-Mart is considered day-to-day for now. Detroit plays next Monday-Wednesday at a National League Park (Pittsburgh), so the veteran designated hitter figures to have a light week.
Apr 11 - 7:24 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Saturday that Victor Martinez will not play the field during their upcoming series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Ausmus said that he'll be strictly a pinch-hitter and joked that he'd be "probably the best pinch-hitter in the game." In weekly leagues, it's probably best to secure another option to play in his spot rather than taking three at-bats in the first half of the week.
Apr 11 - 2:37 PM

Victor Martinez homered Saturday for the lone run as the Tigers topped the Rays 1-0.

Martinez ends the spring just 5-for-36 after returning from knee surgery, but the Tigers have seen enough to pencil him as their Opening Day designated hitter. Maybe he'll get off to a bit of a slow start, but it shouldn't take long for him to warm up. We don't expect him to approach his power numbers from last season.
Apr 4 - 3:33 PM

Victor Martinez went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is 2-for-21 since rejoining Detroit's starting lineup after knee surgery.

Martinez has admitted to some knee soreness, and the Tigers still haven't committed to putting him into the Opening Day lineup, though it'd be quite a surprise if they didn't. He still has a few more days to find his swing before then.
Mar 31 - 3:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy
9Alex Wilson