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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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Victor Martinez will begin rehabbing his ailing left knee on Friday.
The Tigers put V-Mart on the disabled list earlier this week after he had another setback with his surgically-repaired knee. The Tigers haven't set a timetable for his return, but they'll proceed cautiously. May 22 - 4:40 PM

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Tigers placed DH Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Martinez felt another pinch in his ailing knee during Monday's game and was noticeably hobbled, so it didn't make much sense for the Tigers to keep running him out there. It's unclear how much time he'll need to miss. The Tigers have called up outfielder Tyler Collins to replace him on the active roster.
May 19 - 2:14 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Monday's game that the club is "going to have to at least talk about other options" at designated hitter.

Victor Martinez felt a pinch in his nagging left knee injury on Monday and also had another hitless game. That the knee was still bothering him after he essentially had a full four days of rest obviously is not a good sign. An update on Martinez, who is now hitting just .216/.308/.270 for the season, should be available on Tuesday.
May 18 - 11:18 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Brewers.

V-Mart wasn't used much over the weekend in St. Louis because the Tigers were playing in a National League park and the veteran designated hitter has been battling some minor knee discomfort. He is at cleanup for Detroit in his return to action Monday at Comerica Park.
May 18 - 3:11 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) is available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Sunday that Martinez had not been available to pinch-hit the previous three games due to his knee issues. He's expected to return to his regular role as the Tigers' designated hitter on Monday against the Brewers.
May 17 - 7:56 PM

Victor Martinez will be used only in a pinch-hitting capacity this weekend during an interleague series in St. Louis.

Martinez was also rested on Thursday, so he'll be out of the lineup four days in a row. He's batting just .226/.320/.283 this season, as he's clearly not himself while trying to play through pain in his surgically-repaired left knee.
May 15 - 9:17 AM

Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Thursday.

It's a day of rest for the 36-year-old designated hitter, who's batting just .226/.320/.283 in 32 games this season. J.D. Martinez is at DH and Rajai Davis is in right field Thursday afternoon against the Twins.
May 14 - 10:08 AM

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single and a double in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

Martinez also struck out in the contest, finishing 3-for-4. His eighth inning RBI single pushed the Tigers advantage to 3-1, and the team would go on to win 4-1. The slugger's normally consistent bat has been oddly quiet this season, as he's hitting just .241/.337/.299. With five hits in his last eight at-bats, though, it's possible that he's started to shake off his early season struggles.
May 7 - 7:53 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI versus the White Sox on Wednesday.

Martinez took forever and a day to get around the bases after taking Chris Sale deep in the third, but he finally got his first homer of the year. That'll probably erase any thoughts Brad Ausmus was having about taking him out of the cleanup spot.
May 6 - 11:55 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Friday that Victor Martinez (knee) may not play first base at all this season.

Martinez is still struggling with his knees, and the Tigers' skipper isn't going to do anything that could risk further aggravation. He's off to a slow start as the Tigers designated hitter thus far, slashing .231/.342/.246 with no homers and nine RBI.
May 1 - 6:45 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
2Tyler Collins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
7Kyle Ryan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Joba Chamberlain
3Bruce Rondon
4Angel Nesbitt
5Blaine Hardy
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Alex Wilson
8Joe Nathan