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Victor Martinez | First Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
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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

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Victor Martinez (knee) was scratched from Friday's lineup due to weather-related concerns.

It's currently sunny in Florida, but showers are expected so the Tigers are playing it safe with V-Mart's surgically-repaired left knee. Martinez admitted to feeling a bit of soreness in the knee during Thursday's game, but it wasn't a cause for concern. Things are pointing towards him being ready for Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 12:17 PM

Victor Martinez said that he dealt with some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday.

V-Mart homered Thursday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he felt something in the knee while stretching to try to beat out a throw to sixth base in the first inning. The 36-year-old said it's just something he will likely have to deal with. It's not the best sign, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his readiness for the season.
Mar 26 - 4:26 PM

Victor Martinez homered off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman in Thursday's win.

Martinez was playing for the second straight day and making his third start at DH since returning from knee surgery last week. He's 2-for-10.
Mar 26 - 3:47 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday.

Martinez, who is about six weeks removed from knee surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday and played in a minor league game Tuesday. Things are looking good for him and Miguel Cabrera (foot) to both be in the Opening Day lineup.
Mar 25 - 10:38 AM

Victor Martinez will serve as designated hitter in the Tigers' split squad game against the Braves Sunday.

Martinez played in a minor league game Saturday, so it's promising that he feels good enough to do it again a day later. The DH even trotted around the bases after homering in his final at-bat of the day. V-Mart is still questionable for the start of the season, but with each new hurdle cleared he gets closer and closer to being in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.
Mar 21 - 4:19 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) did agility drills and took on-field batting practice Wednesday.

Martinez ran cones in short 15-yard bursts but didn't make very hard cuts on his surgically-repaired left knee. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't guess when V-Mart might be cleared for Grapefruit League play and acknowledged that his status for Opening Day is up in the air. "There are still hurdles to cross," said Ausmus.
Source: Detroit News
Mar 19 - 9:04 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) ran the bases Saturday for the first time since February knee surgery.

Martinez has been running straight-line springs and doing agility work, but getting work on the bases was a big step forward. His surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee was just over a month ago, but V-Mart is making good progress toward getting back on the field. The 36-year-old could be in the lineup on Opening Day at this rate.
Mar 14 - 4:36 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) began straight-ahead sprints and agility work on Thursday.

Martinez, who underwent surgery about a month ago to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee, hasn't been cleared for baserunning yet. However, he's already taking BP on the field, so he's making some impressive progress. As of now, the Tigers expect him to be ready for the season.
Mar 12 - 4:51 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) was cleared to run on the field Thursday morning in Tigers camp.

Martinez is now moving quickly into baseball activities after spending the first several weeks of spring training hitting off a tee and running on an anti-gravity treadmill. He took batting practice on the field Monday for the first time since arriving at Tigers camp. The veteran designated hitter expects to be ready for Opening Day. He has stated that he only needs around two weeks of Grapefruit League action to get himself prepared.
Mar 12 - 9:33 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) felt good after taking batting practice on the field Monday for the first time this spring.

V-Mart underwent surgery a month ago to repair torn meniscus in his left knee and has made steady progress since. "I feel good," said Martinez. "It was the first time in a while and everything was fast, even BP. But I expected it to be like that." The 36-year-old still needs to progress with his running program, but he's hoping to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 9 - 5:28 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is taking on-field batting practice Monday in Tigers camp.

It's another big step for the 36-year-old designated hitter, who is recovering from February surgery on his left knee. Martinez is hoping to be ready for Opening Day. He hit .335/.407/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI in 151 games last season, finishing second to Mike Trout in the American League MVP balloting.
Mar 9 - 9:29 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is up to taking 40 swings from each side of the plate without issue.

He continues to recover from offseason surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee, but is on track to be ready for Opening Day barring any setbacks. He's fresh off a monster 2014 season where he slashed .335/.407/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBI.
Mar 7 - 3:26 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is confident that he will be ready in time for Opening Day.

Martinez is recovering from offseason meniscus surgery in his left knee, but said he should require only two weeks' worth of at-bats to get ready. The slugger led the league in OPS at .974 and in on-base percentage at .407 last season while batting .335 with 103 RBI while cranking out a career-high 32 home runs.
Mar 3 - 8:58 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) ran on the anti-gravity treadmill and took 30 swings off a tee from both sides of the plate on Monday.

Martinez arrived at Tigers' camp on Monday morning and didn't waste any time doing his first workout. The veteran slugger underwent surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and will have a late start in spring training, but the Tigers are confident he'll get enough at-bats to be ready for the season.
Mar 2 - 4:12 PM

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