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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
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Victor Martinez (quad) remains out of the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Martinez has been on the shelf since making an early exit Monday with left quad discomfort. The veteran DH might not make another plate appearance this season. Sep 30 - 4:34 PM

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Victor Martinez (quad) is out Tuesday versus the Rangers.

Martinez made an early exit Monday after experiencing discomfort in his left quad. With only a handful of games left, he could very well be done for the season.
Sep 29 - 4:23 PM

Victor Martinez departed Monday's game versus the Rangers with left quad soreness.

Martinez was seen stretching out his leg early in the game and was checked out by a trainer before eventually exiting in the sixth inning. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday, at which point more should be known about his status.
Sep 28 - 10:57 PM

Victor Martinez slugged a two-run homer and scored a couple runs in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

V-Mart took Frankie Montas deep in the first inning in what was just his second homer in his last 38 games and only 11th of the season. He then walked and scored in his next trip to the plate. It's been an ugly year at the dish for Martinez, who is hitting just .242/.299/.364 while clearly playing at less than 100 percent while battling knee issues.
Sep 23 - 4:14 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and the Tigers were able to fend off the Twins 5-4 on Tuesday.

V-Mart had RBI singles in the first and sixth innings, finishing with three singles in all. The runs batted in were his first since August 20 as the veteran has struggled greatly down the stretch. Despite some signs of life in recent days, Martinez is batting just .239/.295/.351 on the year.
Sep 16 - 12:34 AM

Victor Martinez (illness) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Indians.

V-Mart missed three games because of a bad sinus infection. He's at DH and batting fifth in his return to action Thursday versus Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar.
Sep 10 - 2:58 PM

Victor Martinez (illness) is available off the bench on Wednesday night against the Rays.

V-Mart has missed the Tigers' last two games with a sinus infection. It's obviously nothing serious.
Sep 9 - 4:48 PM

Victor Martinez (illness) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.

Martinez also missed Monday's matinee versus visiting Rays. He's day-to-day with a sinus infection.
Sep 8 - 4:12 PM

Victor Martinez is out Monday due to illness.

It looked like a simple day of rest for the struggling veteran at first, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus informed reporters Monday morning that Martinez is not feeling well. Nick Castellanos will serve as the Tigers' designated hitter in their series opener against the Rays. Andrew Romine is at third base.
Sep 7 - 10:34 AM

Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Monday afternoon against the Rays.

It's just a day of maintenance for the veteran designated hitter, who's slashing .193/.242/.295 in the second half of the 2015 season and .236/.293/.353 overall. Detroit still owes Martinez more than $54 million.
Sep 7 - 9:52 AM

Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday night against the Cubs.

Detroit doesn't get to use a DH at Wrigley Field, so Martinez will be limited to pinch-hitting duties. He probably will get an at-bat later in the game.
Aug 19 - 5:53 PM

Victor Martinez will start at first base Saturday against the Astros.

V-Mart hasn't played the field since last season. Miguel Cabrera will serve as the DH on Saturday. Martinez has slumped in August, hitting just .191 with seven strikeouts in 47 at-bats.
Aug 15 - 6:10 PM

Victor Martinez went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-6 win over the Red Sox.

After David Ortiz hit a two-run single to give the Red Sox a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning, Martinez stepped up against reliever Junichi Tazawa with a runner on and two out in the bottom of the frame. He proceeded to crack a go-ahead two-run homer, his ninth dinger of the season. Hitting just .247/.310/.384 this season, Martinez has homered three times in his last three games. He'll need a lot more of the same if those slash marks are going to budge upward by any significant degree.
Aug 8 - 11:03 PM

Victor Martinez posted a huge batting line in Thursday's 8-6 win over the Royals, finishing 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI.

Martinez will be haunting Yordano Ventura's dreams tonight. He notched a three-run home run off the pitcher in the third inning, then followed it up with a two-run shot in the fifth. He's now hit eight homers this season. After fighting off injury earlier in the year, Martinez looked to be emerging from the shadows with a strong July. His numbers have dipped of late, though, and he's hitting just .246/.311/.377 overall. If owners are frustrated by Martinez's sometime disappearing act, we don't blame them.
Aug 6 - 4:51 PM

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

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Jefry Marte
LF1Tyler Collins
2Steven Moya
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Daniel Norris
4Kyle Lobstein
5Matt Boyd
6Michael Fulmer
7Jairo Labourt
8Luis Cessa
9Montreal Robertson
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Alex Wilson
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Bruce Rondon
7Drew VerHagen
8Kyle Ryan
9Jeff Ferrell
10Jose Valdez
11Buck Farmer