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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 went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday afternoon's 12-inning loss to the Mariners.
Martinez put the Tigers up 2-1 with a two-run double in the first inning. His team wouldn't score again in the contest, ultimately falling 3-2 in 12 innings. The double was V-Mart's 13th of the season. He struggled in April and May before missing a month with inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee, but when he's healthy, he's a dynamic hitter. If he's able to stay in the lineup, there's room to improve on his current .266/.331/.399 slash. Case in point: He's hitting .307/.342/.533 with four homers and six doubles in the month of July. Martinez could make for a great trade target if you happen to be able to snag him from a napping owner who only sees the relatively low overall numbers. Jul 23 - 5:51 PM

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Victor Martinez has been taking ground balls at first base.

Using Martinez at first base while Miguel Cabrera (calf) is out would free up the designated hitter spot for Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. While they've discussed putting V-Mart in the field, the skipper still thinks at this point that it would be too risky given Martinez's knee issues. "Not right now," Ausmus said. "I would say you’re not going to see him at first any time soon."
Jul 20 - 5:18 PM

Victor Martinez was ejected from Saturday's game against the Twins.

He was tossed in the fifth inning for arguing a called strike three. V-Mart went 1-for-3 with a solo home run before exiting. He's hit .341 with 15 RBI since coming off the disabled list in mid-June.
Jul 11 - 6:24 PM

Victor Martinez homered and scored three runs in a 4-for-5 effort in Monday's win over the Mariners.

Martinez hit the first of back-to-back home runs with J.D. Martinez in the fourth inning, a solo home run off of Hisashi Iwakuma. Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, Martinez is batting .338 (24-for-71). Overall, he's hitting .264/.332/.363 with three home runs and 27 RBI.
Jul 7 - 1:29 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Victor Martinez is not considered an option to play first base in the wake of the Miguel Cabrera injury.

The Tigers are left scrambling at first base after losing their best hitter for the next six weeks, but Ausmus said he was concerned about trusting Martinez there for an extended period of time. It sounds as though they'll roll with a combination of Alex Avila, Andrew Romine and Jefry Marte for the time being.
Jul 4 - 10:45 AM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored on Friday as the Tigers topped the Blue Jays 8-6.

Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, his bat has certainly perked up, hitting .321 (18-for-56) with a homer and 10 RBI. With Miguel Cabrera leaving Friday's game with a calf injury, Martinez could be required to shoulder a large load in the Tigers' offense in the coming weeks.
Jul 3 - 10:21 PM

Tigers activated DH Victor Martinez from the 15-day disabled list.

Martinez missed a month of action with inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee, but he felt improvement while rehabbing and is ready to give it a go. The DH was hitting just .216/.308/.270 with one homer and 15 RBI in 34 games before going down and it remains to be seen if his knee will allow him to offer much production for fantasy owners this season.
Jun 19 - 8:44 AM

The Tigers will activate Victor Martinez (knee) from the disabled list on Friday.

Martinez has been on the shelf since May 19 due to inflammation in his surgically-repaired knee, and the Tigers offense has struggled to score consistent runs in his absence. Prior to landing on the disabled list, Martinez was hitting .216/.308/.270 with one homer and 15 RBI in 34 games.
Jun 18 - 10:23 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) could be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Martinez is scheduled to meet up with the Tigers this weekend at Yankee Stadium after spending five days on a minor league rehab assignment that began Sunday afternoon. "Whether he's activated or not, that's an issue we'll have to see how he feels," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday. "If he feels like he's ready." The veteran slugger has been out since May 19 with inflammation in his surgically-repaired knee.
Jun 16 - 5:51 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

The 36-year-old came away from the game feeling good. He is expected to play four games with the Mud Hens before hopefully being cleared to rejoin the Tigers next weekend.
Jun 14 - 8:24 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

Martinez, who has been on the shelf since mid-May, will play four games with Toledo. If all goes well, he'll then rejoin the Tigers for their weekend series against the Yankees in New York.
Jun 13 - 2:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Victor Martinez (knee) "looked really good" hitting on Friday.

Martinez was also seen taking part in agility drills. While it's nice to hear that V-Mart's bat hasn't disappeared in the close-to-a-month that he's been out, the big test will be to see how Martinez's legs hold up. There's no current timetable for his return, though Martinez indicated on Wednesday that his knee "feels a lot better."
Jun 12 - 5:55 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) will have to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.

Martinez has rejoined the Tigers to continue his workouts, as he took batting practice right-handed and left-handed and also ran the bases on Tuesday. There's no timetable for his return, but the designated hitter does appear to be making strides. "It feels a lot better," Martinez said. "There's still some stuff but definitely a lot better."
Jun 10 - 9:47 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is expected to rejoin the Tigers next Tuesday.

It appears that he'll just be ramping up his activities at that time, but a return to the Tigers' lineup could come shortly after that. Martinez was cleared for baseball-related activities earlier this week and took batting practice at extended spring training on Thursday. "His physical therapist down there said he's been running extremely well," manager Brad Ausmus said. "And they feel, he feels, based on Victor's feedback, that (this is) as good as (Martinez) has been moving and running."
Jun 5 - 10:48 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) was cleared for baseball-related activities earlier this week and is scheduled to take batting practice Thursday in Lakeland, Florida.

V-Mart has been on the disabled list since May 19 with inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee and will likely remain on the shelf until sometime in July. But he is finally beginning to make some progress at the Tigers' spring training complex. It's been a carousel for the Tigers at designated hitter in the absence of Martinez. Tyler Collins drew four straight starts there this week. J.D. Martinez is at DH on Thursday afternoon.
Jun 4 - 10:32 AM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Tyler Collins
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Buck Farmer
5Daniel Norris
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Wilson
2Bruce Rondon
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Ian Krol
7Jose Valdez
8Shane Greene
9Joe Nathan