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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
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Victor Martinez underwent a heart ablation procedure Monday in Detroit.
V-Mart was officially shut down for the season on September 2 due to ongoing heart problems. The veteran designated hitter is owed $18 million from the Tigers in 2018. Sep 12 - 4:38 PM

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Tigers transferred DH Victor Martinez from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Artie Lewicki. Martinez is out for the season and will undergo a heart ablation procedure.
Sep 3 - 10:18 AM

Victor Martinez (heart) will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

Martinez will undergo a heart ablation procedure to correct the problems that he has been having with an irregular heartbeat. He should be fully healthy and ready to return in 2018.
Sep 2 - 3:23 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus suggested Sunday that Victor Martinez (heart) might not return this season.

Martinez was admitted to the hospital Saturday, for the second time in two months, due to an irregular heartbeat. He's now back on the disabled list. "You don’t mess around with the heart," Ausmus said. "We’re not talking about a sprained ankle or something minor. This is something you take very seriously because it could be life- threatening. I don’t know what’s going to happen going forward." Nicholas Castellanos served as the Tigers' designated hitter on Sunday, with Andrew Romine playing third base. There will be a rotation at DH down the stretch in Detroit.
Source: Detroit News
Aug 28 - 8:57 AM

Tigers placed DH Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat.

Martinez had a rapid heartbeat after Saturday's game and stayed in the hospital overnight. He's expected to be released Sunday. It's the second time he's been on the DL this season with this issue, as Martinez missed a couple weeks back in June with the ailment. You can bet the Tigers will take every precaution here. The Tigers figure to rotate multiple players in the designated hitter spot while V-Mart is out.
Aug 27 - 11:22 AM

Victor Martinez is getting the day off Thursday.

Miguel Cabrera will serve as the Tigers' designated hitter and John Hicks will play first base in Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Yankees.
Aug 24 - 10:11 AM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 5-3 victory over the Astros on Saturday.

All three hits were singles, including one in the eighth inning that plated Justin Upton with an insurance run. The 38-year-old is no longer a fantasy beast but is capable of helping his owners on occasion. He is batting .266/.336/.385 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 85 games.
Jul 29 - 9:44 PM

Victor Martinez blasted a pair of home runs and plated three on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Twins.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with a mammoth solo shot off of Ervin Santana in the first inning, then increased that lead to 4-0 by victimizing Santana for a two-run shot in the fourth. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Since returning from the disabled list, Martinez is hitting .275 (19-for-69) with three homers and 12 RBI in 18 games.
Jul 22 - 12:18 AM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs in Monday's rout of the Royals.

Martinez even scored twice tonight. It's just the fourth time this season that's happened and the second time in which he didn't drive himself in by homering. The three-hit game was his first since May 5.
Jul 17 - 11:58 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

The Tigers scored all of their runs in the seventh inning and Martinez was a key part of it. He laced a single to center that plated Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez, then came around to score on an Ian Kinsler infield single. This was his second multi-hit game in a row after suffering through a slump upon his return from the disabled list with a heart issue. The 38-year-old has a .256 batting average with six home runs and 33 RBI. He hasn't stolen a base since 2014.
Jul 5 - 11:05 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against the Giants on Tuesday.

Martinez slugged a solo homer in the second inning before plating another run with a single in the fourth. Coming into Tuesday’s action, the 38-year-old was 2-for-20 (.100) in five games since returning from an irregular heartbeat. We’re expecting better as he gets back into the rhythm of things.
Jul 4 - 4:08 PM

Victor Martinez was hitless in four at-bats in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Indians, finishing the twin bill with just a single, walk and strikeouts over seven at-bats in the twin bill.

Martinez has posted just four hits, none for extra bases, over his past 32 at-bats across eight outings to drop his average from .274 to .253 dating back to June 10. His last XBH came June 8 against the Angels on a double, and his last homer took place on May 31 in Kansas City.
Jul 2 - 2:32 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Jeimer Candelario
LF1Mikie Mahtook
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Alex Presley
3Andrew Romine
RF1Nicholas Castellanos
2Tyler Collins
DH1John Hicks
2Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Michael Fulmer
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Daniel Norris
4Anibal Sanchez
5Matt Boyd
6Buck Farmer
7Chad Bell
8Artie Lewicki
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Joe Jimenez
4Warwick Saupold
5Jeff Ferrell
6Daniel Stumpf
7Drew VerHagen
8Zac Reininger
9Blaine Hardy
10Jairo Labourt
11Myles Jaye
12Victor Alcantara