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41 Victor Martinez DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 12/23/1978 | Birthplace: Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/77 | Average Draft Position: 66.35
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Tigers DH Victor Martinez gets three hits, scores twice on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 3 for 4 in Friday's 8-6 win over the Blue Jays. Martinez singled twice and doubled, and also scored two runs. 

In 13 games since returning from the disabled list, Martinez is batting .321 with 10 runs scored.


Victor Martinez drives in three for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez drove in three runs in Sunday's win over the White Sox. 

Martinez went 1 for 4, hitting in his third straight game. He's 5 for 12 over that stretch. 

Martinez also doubled, his sixth of the year and second in the last three games. 


Tigers DH Victor Martinez goes 3 for 4 in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez collected three hits in Thursday afternoon's 8-7 loss against he White Sox. 

Martinez went 3 for 4 and hit a double, his fifth of the season. This is Martinez's second double in the past three games. He now has a .243/.323/.321 slash line. 


Tigers DH Victor Martinez slugs two-run home run on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) In just his third game back from a stay on the disabled list, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez had a huge game at the plate on Sunday. Martinez went 3 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in the 12-4 win over the Yankees. 

Martinez's home run, just his second of the season, was a two-run shot in the first inning that got the scoring started for the Tigers. The three-hit effort raised his batting average to .228. 


Victor Martinez singles in return to Tigers' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 1 for 4 in his return to the Tigers' lineup. 

Martinez returned from the disabled list to play for the first time since May 18. He singled in his first at bat and also scored a run. 

"The most important thing is that his swing looked a little bit more like Victor Martinez of 2014," manager Brad Ausmus said.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez set to return to lineup Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) The wait is over - Victor Martinez is back in the lineup for the Tigers.

The designated hitter has returned to his familiar cleanup role in time for the Friday night game against the host Yankees, thereby pushing Yoenis Cespedes back to the No. 5 spot in the lineup.

Martinez was sidelined for five weeks with a knee injury that prevented him from performing to his usual high standards against right-handed pitchers, against whom he is 12-for-85 this season.

He managed five hits in 17 at-bats during his minor league rehab stint before being summoned by the Tigers.


Tigers activate DH Victor Martinez from DL


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Sidelined since May 18 with knee inflammation, Tigers DH Victor Martinez was activated Thursday night and will join the team for a weekend series against the Yankees, per MLive.com. 

Martinez, who had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo, was 3-for-8 in two rehab appearances, and that was enough for the Tigers, who optioned Tyler Collins to make room. 

The power hitting threat was hitting just .216 (24 for 111) when he was placed on the disabled list.


Tigers might activate V-Mart during weekend series vs. Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez will meet up with the team in New York this weekend to undergo further evaluation after rehabbing with Triple-A Toledo, according to MLB.com. Martinez has been out since mid-May due to a knee injury. 

Manager Brad Ausmus would not commit to Martinez being activated for the series against the Yankees, which starts Friday, but he sounds hopeful.

"He's meeting us in New York. Whether he's activated or not is another issue," Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "We'll have to see how he feels, if he feels like he's ready."

Martinez is batting .375 (3 for 8) with two RBI and one strikeout in two games with Toledo.


Tigers' Victor Martinez collects one hit in rehab game Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 1 for 3 at the plate during Sunday's rehab assignment at Triple-A. The one hit was a single.

Martinez is on the disabled list with a knee injury and he has not played since May 18. He is expected to play in three more rehab games.

"All reports are he's fine, so I'm sure he'll be in there again [Monday]," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "I think he looks really good, but until he plays a few games, I don't know that I'll be convinced."


Tigers' Victor Martinez to start rehab assignment on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez will start a minor league rehab assignment in Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, manager Brad Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press

Martinez is on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury. He's expected to play four rehab games at Toledo. The team plans to reevaluate Martinez on Wednesday before deciding whether or not to activate him.

"Assuming he feels fine and he's comfortable with where he is at the plate, we'll make a decision following the Syracuse series," said manager Brad Ausmus, per MLB.com.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues to take BP on the field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez (knee) took batting practice on the field Thursday for a second straight day, per MLive.com. 

"Much better," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was driving the ball. He's hitting the ball with much more authority and there was more distance. And he looked good running.

"The last couple days he's hit the ball farther in batting practice than he did at any point from spring training until he went on the disabled list."

There remains no timetable for Martinez's return, but the veteran slugger is optimistic a rehab assignment might not be too far off.

It's better," Martinez said. "I'm still working on the strength side. But like I said, it's a lot better than when I left. I'm able to put a lot more weight on it.

"I just want to be here and keep doing my stuff here with the guys. It's a little tougher for me but I just want to be here and just be part of it. Good or bad, I just want to be part of it."


Tigers DH Victor Martinez to hit, run bases this week in Detroit


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is still without a timetable for a rehab assignment, according to MLive.com

"It's tough for me being away, unless you're going to lose the whole year," Martinez said, per MLB.com. "I'd rather be here. It's tough for me watching [them] going out there and play every night and I can't do the same thing. I'd just rather be here, for good or bad, be part of it and be together."

Martinez has been sidelined since May 18 with knee inflammation. He was scheduled to return to the Tigers to resume rehab work on Tuesday. Before he receives a timeline, Martinez is slated to hit and run the bases in Detroit over the next few days. 

"I'm still working on the strength side," Martinez said. "It's a lot better than when I left. I'm able to put a lot more weight on it."


Victor Martinez may start rehab assignment for Tigers next week


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus clarified designated hitter Victor Martinez's status on Friday.

Earlier in the day, word went out that Martinez would return to the team on Tuesday, following the weekend series against the White Sox.

Martinez will be with the team on Tuesday, but it will be to continue his rehab work with them, instead of at extended spring training. He won't be activated at that time. 

Ausmus said that Martinez would need a minor league rehab assignment, which could start at the end of next week. He didn't sound confident of that timeline, however. 

"I guess it's conceivable," Ausmus said, per MLive. "I don't want to jump the gun on that. I don't want to have unrealistic expectations."

Martinez has been sidelined since May 18 due to left knee inflammation.


Tigers expect to have DH Victor Martinez back on Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Barring any setbacks, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the plan will be to have designated hitter Victor Martinez back with the club by Tuesday, the day after the club returns from a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, per the Detroit Free Press. Detroit has Monday off.

Martinez took batting practice on Thursday, and is expected to do so again on the field Friday. He has been sidelined since May 18 due to left knee inflammation. He batted .216 (24 for 111) at the time he was placed on the disabled list.


Tigers' Victor Martinez could take batting practice on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who was cleared for baseball activities earlier in the week, could take batting practice as early as Thursday in Lakeland, and will ramp up his activities in Detroit next week, according to MLive.com and MLB.com.

Martinez has been sidelined since May 18 due to left knee inflammation. He batted .216 (24 for 111) at the time he was placed on the disabled list.

"His physical therapist (in Orlando) said he's been running extremely well -- as good as he's seen him run," manager Brad Ausmus said.


Tigers could have Victor Martinez (knee) back by next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hinted that designated hitter Victor Martinez could rejoin the club as early as next week, per MLB.com. Martinez, who is on the disabled list because of left knee inflammation, resumed baseball-related activities recently. He was able to hit off a tee Monday in Orlando.

"It came down to, we want to protect Victor from himself," Ausmus said. "We know, if he's here, he's going to want to go in the [batting] cage."


Tigers DH Victor Martinez (knee) will meet with team next week


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, on the disabled list with a knee injury, is currently in rehabbing in Florida. Martinez is expected to return to Detroit to meet up with the team next week, but it's unlikely he will be ready to be activated at that time, according to MLB.com.

Manager Brad Ausmus was not able to give an idea of when Martinez might be able to return from the DL.

"I think it's probably too early to try to predict. We originally thought it was going to be 2-3 weeks."


Ausmus: Tigers DH Victor Martinez began rehab Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Brad Ausmus has announced that Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez began his rehab Friday in Orlando, per the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez was placed in the disabled list with a lingering knee ailment that prevented him from hitting against right-handers to his usual standards.

Ausmus has stated that he has no clear idea as to when Martinez will return to the team.


Ausmus won't guess on return of Tigers DH Victor Martinez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nobody knows for sure when aging designated hitter Victor Martinez will be back in the lineup for the Tigers.

And that includes Brad Ausmus.

Martinez has been placed on the disabled list with a knee problem that has plagued him all season and forced him to struggle against right-handers, against whom he is batting .141 (12-for-85).

"We've got to make sure he's healthy," Ausmus told MLive.com. "I don't know if that'll be two weeks. I don't know if it'll be four weeks - I'd just be throwing darts blindfolded."


Tigers place Victor Martinez (knee) on disabled list


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) The Tigers have placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the disabled list with left knee inflammation, the team announced on Tuesday.

Martinez aggrevated his knee while trying to beat out a ball at first on Monday and the pain was enough that he will need some time to recover. Martinez is hitting .216 with 15 RBI in 111 at-bats this season. The team will recall Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo to fill in the roster spot.


Tigers' Victor Martinez won't abandon switch-hitting


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is just 12 for 85 against right-handed pitchers while batting lefty, but giving up switch-hitting isn't a consideration for him or the team, MLB.com reports.

"Something that I'm never going to do and I have never done is just going out there and go righty on righty," Martinez said.

Martinez is 7 for 19 with four walks in his career while batting righty against a right-handed pitcher, but all of those at-bats came against knuckleball pitchers. Tracking a right-handed power pitcher from the right side would be a big change for the designated hitter.

"Honestly, I don't know how I'm going to react when the pitcher throws the ball," Martinez said. "I might get out of the way. I've never done it before."

While the idea may have come up among the coaching staff, manager Brad Ausmus isn't willing to force Martinez out of his comfort zone.

"We thought about it, we talked about it and he's not comfortable with it," Ausmus said. "If he's not comfortable with it, obviously we aren't going to be comfortable with it."

Martinez suffered a knee injury on Monday, and his availability for Tuesday's game has yet to be determined.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez injures knee


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez appeared to aggravate his already injured left knee in Monday's game against the Brewers, according to MLB.com. 

Following the game, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hinted that Martinez could head to the disabled list. 

"From the looks of things, I think we're going to have to at least talk about other options," Ausmus said. "But we'll do that privately."

Martinez is hitting a slash line of .216/.308/.270 for the season. He went 0 for 4 in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers on Monday


Tigers DH Victor Martinez will continue to switch hit


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was able to take batting practice on Monday from both sides of the plate, an indication he will continue to switch hit this season, according to MLB.com.

Martinez has struggled at the plate against right-handed pitchers, hitting just .148 with 11 walks and 12 strikeouts. Martinez said he will never give up on switch-hitting.

"You can talk about it all you want," manager Brad Ausmus said, "but I made it pretty clear he wasn't going to do it."

Martinez is 7 for 19 in his career hitting from the right side against right-handed pitchers, but Ausmus doesn't envision him doing that more often anytime soon.

"We'd be asking him to do something he hasn't done [recently]," Ausmus said. "We thought about it, we talked about it and he's not comfortable with it. If he's not comfortable with it, obviously we aren't going to be comfortable with it."


Tigers' Victor Martinez back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is back in the lineup Monday and batting cleanup in his team's matchup with the Brewers.

Martinez hasn't started for four straight games, with the last three coming in a National League park where the DH was unavailable to the Tigers. After leading baseball with a .974 OPS in 2014, Martinez has hit just .224/.317/.280 with one home run and 15 RBI in 107 at-bats.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez to return to lineup on Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the lineup again on Sunday, but available to play, manager Brad Ausmus said per MLive.com.

Martinez has received the last two days off to rest his injured knee. He was able to take batting practice on Sunday, something he did not do the previous two days. The team has discussed placing the veteran on the DL to recover, but do not plan to do so in the near future.

"We've talked about it," Ausmus said. "We've never gotten to that point. Just when we think he needs to go on the DL he goes out there and gets a couple hits."

Martinez is hitting .226 with 15 RBI in 106 at-bats this season.