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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder | #28

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nova Southeastern
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 20 (0) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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J.D. Martinez (elbow) took batting practice on Thursday.
It's the first time he's done so since suffering a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. That's the good news. The bad news is Martinez still isn't feeling 100 percent when he throws. It's possible the Tigers could bring him back to serve as a designated hitter initially. "It still bothers him to throw, not so much to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We’re trying to figure it out. If he can hit and we think he’s close to being able to throw, when is the time to send him down and maybe have him DH for ‘X’ number of games and then put him in the outfield so he gets some at-bats?" Jul 22 - 10:38 AM

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J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take batting practice on the field Thursday.

Assuming the weather cooperates, it would be his first time taking BP since suffering a fracture in his right elbow last month. Tigers manager Brad Asmus said Monday that Martinez is still a couple of weeks away, but he's making progress.
Jul 21 - 4:09 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that J.D. Martinez (elbow) is still "a couple of weeks away."

Martinez was reportedly playing catch Monday at Comerica Park, but Ausmus said that he still "has a little bit of pain" when he throws. He's making progress, but the Tigers are going to bring him along slowly. Martinez was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks when he suffered a fracture in his right elbow on June 16. It looks like he has a chance to make it back by the long end of that window.
Jul 18 - 5:26 PM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) hit off a tee with a fungo bat on Thursday.

It's the first time he's taken swings since he fractured his right elbow three weeks ago. Martinez was given a 4-6 week timetable to return when he went down, but the latter portion of that timetable seems more realistic. Stephen Moya has been filling in in right field.
Jul 8 - 4:26 PM

Tigers placed OF J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow.

Martinez was injured when he crashed into the outfield wall Thursday. He's expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, which doesn't seem that bad, all things considered. Stephen Moya has been recalled and will play regularly while Martinez is sidelined.
Jun 17 - 8:17 AM

J.D. Martinez left Thursday's game against the Royals with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow.

Martinez hurt his arm running into the right field wall in the second inning. He was replaced in right by Mike Aviles, who started the game in left field. Obviously this is a pretty serious injury and a possible season-ender. Martinez is headed for a CT scan tomorrow, which could reveal even more damage. The Tigers' outfield is in shambles right now with Martinez out indefinitely and Cameron Maybin still nursing a quad injury.
Jun 16 - 9:44 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-3 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Martinez also walked twice, reaching base safely in all five of his plate appearances. You'd be hard-pressed to find a hotter hitter right now, as Martinez now has six consecutive multi-hit games with six doubles in his last three contests. The hot stretch has raised his overall line to .287/.361/.526.
Jun 15 - 12:09 AM

J.D. Martinez hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot, in Saturday's win over the Rays.

Martinez lifted the two-run blast as part of the Tigers' four-run seventh inning. The homer was his fourth in his last six games as he's been red hot over the last week. Martinez is hitting .256/.331/.481 with 22 RBI and 24 runs scored overall.
May 21 - 8:20 PM

J.D. Martinez capped off a seven-run seventh inning for the Tigers with a solo homer in Tuesday's comeback win over the Twins.

The Tigers had been held off the scoreboard entering the frame, but starter Phil Hughes was surprisingly pulled after a triple and sac fly and then the flood gates opened. Detroit had eight hits and seven runs in the inning as they batted around. Martinez is heating up, as he's now gone deep in three straight and has tallied seven hits over the stretch.
May 17 - 11:49 PM

J.D. Martinez clobbered a solo shot in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Martinez had struck out in his first three at-bats against Max Scherzer, but he took a first-pitch hanging slider over the wall in center field to make the game a bit more interesting. The 28-year-old has scuffled a bit at the plate, hitting just .230/.298/.389 with five homers in 141 plate appearances -- a far cry from the guy who belted 71 home runs in the past two seasons. Things should improve exponentially in the coming months.
May 11 - 10:29 PM

J.D. Martinez showed some signs of life Monday against the Nationals by going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Martinez was hitless in 18 straight at-bats prior to a bloop single in the third inning. He then took Stephen Strasburg deep in his next at-bat. The home run was his fourth of the season and his first since April 27. Despite cutting down on his strikeouts, the 28-year-old is batting just .239/.311/.385 through 30 games this season. We expect better days ahead.
May 9 - 10:42 PM

J.D. Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Martinez has just three hits in his last 26 at-bats, so he'll get a day off to regroup. Mike Aviles is in right field and batting second on Friday.
May 6 - 4:05 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Athletics, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second inning.

Martinez is no longer a feel-good story. He's one of the most-feared hitters in the American League. The 28-year-old is hitting .293/.360/.467 and has very few flaws in his offensive game. He handles both righties and lefties, has a 9.3 percent walk rate, and hits for both average and power. It's crazy to think he only hit 24 homers in three years with the Astros. He hit 38 last year alone.
Apr 28 - 12:06 AM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk on Wednesday night in a 7-3 victory over the Pirates.

Martinez has transformed himself into one of the premier hitters in the American League. After Wednesday, he's hitting .448/.500/.655 and now has three doubles and a home run in just seven games. The 28-year-old launched 38 homers a year ago and drove in 102 runs. It's quite conceivable that he could match those numbers this season, batting behind the productive trio of Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera.
Apr 14 - 12:42 AM

J.D. Martinez cranked his first home run of the season Monday in the Tigers' loss to the Pirates.

It was a solo shot off Pirates left-hander Jon Niese in the bottom of the fifth inning. Martinez also had a single in the game, and he's now batting .350 with a .959 OPS through 22 plate appearances this season.
Apr 11 - 4:39 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Anibal Sanchez
8Dustin Molleken
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon