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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Victor Martinez (oblique) said that the way he felt Thursday "is by far the best in a while."
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that it's unlikely V-Mart returns before the All-Star break, but his improvement Thursday leaves the door open. Ultimately, the club figures to play it safe and rest their DH until next week. Jul 11 - 9:45 AM
Source: Detroit News

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Victor Martinez (side) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.

V-Mart hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. He appears unlikely to play again before the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 4:28 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday that Victor Martinez (side) is likely to sit out the remainder of the first half.

Martinez hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. The Tigers are hoping with a full two weeks off that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break. That means that V-Mart is likely to be replaced on the American League All-Star roster.
Jul 9 - 12:47 PM

Victor Martinez (side) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

The Tigers are likely to hold Martinez out until the All-Star break at this point, hoping he'll be ready immediately at the start of the second half. He hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side.
Jul 9 - 9:53 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that the topic of Victor Martinez (side) going on the disabled list has "been broached but it's not really been considered."

The Tigers are trying to wait it out until the All-Star break, though they haven't ruled out V-Mart returning before then. If they make a retroactive DL move, Martinez wouldn't be eligible to return until the fourth game of the second half. J.D. Martinez is in the DH spot Tuesday.
Jul 8 - 7:29 PM

Victor Martinez (side, back) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Tuesday.

Martinez hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with back soreness. He has also dealt with an injury to his side in recent days, so we wouldn't count on much from him this week.
Jul 8 - 3:04 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they're taking things day-to-day with Victor Martinez, but could shut him down until after the All-Star break if "push comes to shove".

Martinez has been an absolute force at the plate this season, slashing .328/.391/.599 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games. He has been dealing with injuries to his side and back in recent weeks, and was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game.
Jul 5 - 2:29 PM

Victor Martinez (back) is not in the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

It's not a surprise after Martinez was pulled from Friday's game with a back injury. He's likely to sit on Sunday as well before rejoining the Tigers starting lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Jul 5 - 12:36 PM

Victor Martinez was removed from the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Rays due to a sore back.

Martinez has been battling various ailments over the past week, forcing him to miss three games to start the week. He was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a day to rest on Saturday.
Jul 4 - 10:13 PM

Victor Martinez slugged one of the Tigers' three home runs in the first inning, going 2-for-3 with a walk overall in Thursday's trampling of the Rays.

Erik Bedard didn't have much fun facing the Tigers. Ian Kinsler slugged a two run shot, Martinez followed up with a two-run shot of his own, and Torii Hunter polished off the inning with a solo blast. Martinez has been the Tigers' best hitter this season, which is quite an accomplishment considering who's at first base. The DH is slashing .327/.389/.600 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI.
Jul 3 - 9:54 PM

Victor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

Martinez missed the previous three games due to soreness in his rib cage area. It's an injury that can be aggravated easily, so hopefully V-Mart is past it. The designated hitter is sporting a .323/.384/.589 batting line with 20 homers and 52 RBI over 78 games this season.
Jul 3 - 5:18 PM

Victor Martinez (ribs) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

He's now missed three straight starts due to soreness in his rib cage area. The Tigers haven't indicated to this point that it's more than a day-to-day injury for Martinez, but obviously the disabled list will be considered if the ailment lingers.
Jul 2 - 10:00 AM

Victor Martinez (ribs) is not in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Martinez had to be scratched from Monday's game due to soreness in his rib cage and didn't feel well enough to give it a go Tuesday night in Detroit. J.D. Martinez is batting cleanup again versus Oakland.
Jul 1 - 3:30 PM

Victor Martinez was scratched from Monday's lineup due to soreness in his side/rib cage area.

These types of injuries can be particularly tricky, so the Tigers are playing things safe at the very least. J.D. Martinez will slide into the DH spot while Rajai Davis will play left field.
Jun 30 - 5:13 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Rangers.

That's now eight multi-hit games for Martinez out of his last 12. The DH is having an otherworldly season, slashing .333/.394/.611 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI. A player's HR/K ratio is not normally tracked, but Martinez is interestingly at 20/22. Just another reason why Martinez's 2014 season demands some respect.
Jun 26 - 11:23 PM

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C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
3J.D. Martinez
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
2J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
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S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
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R1Joe Nathan
2Joel Hanrahan
3Joba Chamberlain
4Ian Krol
5Al Alburquerque
6Phil Coke
7Blaine Hardy
8Chad Smith
9Patrick McCoy
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon