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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: 12 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/92 | Average Draft Position: 141.04
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Report: Victor Martinez to play first twice in Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is destined to start two of three games in Arizona next week at first base, thereby pushing Miguel Cabrera to third, according to MLive.com.

Those moves would force third baseman Nick Castellanos to the bench.

The slumping Tigers would be hard-pressed to take Martinez out of the lineup. Despite rare back-to-back hitless games in a Saturday doubleheader, he still owns a .322/.384/.583 stat line.


Victor Martinez back in the lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez made his expected return from a back injury Friday against the Indians, after missing two weeks while recovering.

Martinez sat out the final eight games of the first half of the season while healing, and the All-Star break finally allowed him to get to full health. 


Victor Martinez has '95 percent' chance to return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said Monday that he has a 95 percent chance of returning to the lineup Friday, MLB.com reports.

"I swung the bat yesterday for the first time," Martinez said. "There’s like a 95 percent [chance] that I’m going to be able to play when I get back on Friday.

"I’m a lot better. I’m almost right there. I mean, as much as I love the game and as much as I love this team, this stage right here, we still have a long way to go. I have to get right. I have to get back into the lineup and keep helping the team."

Martinez hasn't played since July 4, but he has remained on the active roster while dealing with his back issue, which will cause him to miss the All-Star game. He has hit .328/.391/.599 with 21 home runs and 55 RBI in 302 at-bats.


Tigers planning to get Victor Martinez back Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's planning on getting designated hitter Victor Martinez back in the lineup Friday, reports MLive.com. Martinez hurt his back June 29 while taking a swing and will go into the All-Star break having played in just two of the team's last 13 games.

He's hitting .328 with 21 homers and 55 RBI. Martinez will participate in All-Star festivities but not the game. He'll swing the bat in a team workout early Friday, hoping to get cleared for Friday's game against the Indians.


Victor Martinez not healthy enough to play in ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (back) will not play in the All-Star game, but will be there for the festivities in Minneapolis, MLB.com reports Saturday.

"He should go, I mean he was selected by his peers. He should definitely go," manager Brad Ausmus said.

Victor Martinez not expected to return in Kansas City


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Due to ongoing issues with his back, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is expected to sit out through the All-Star break, manager Brad Ausmus told The Detroit News Wednesday.

Martinez was out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row Wednesday against the Tigers, and Ausmus said he does not expect to have him back for the team's four-game series against the Royals. Martinez could end up getting two full weeks off, assuming he is healthy enough to return for the first game of the All-Star break. 


Victor Martinez out of lineup again Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, as he continues to deal with pain in his side.

Martinez has not played since last Friday as a result of the injury, and there is still no timetable for his return. 


Victor Martinez sitting out again Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez missed his third straight game in a row Tuesday against the Dodgers, as he continues to deal with pain in his side. He remains day to day moving forward, but could sit out through the All-Star break if the pain does not subside.  

Victor Martinez uncertain for Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez continues to feel pain in his side, and his status is uncertain for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, reports MLive.com. The website said Tigers management and trainers "will be involved in the decision about whether Martinez plays in the All-Star game on July 15 – even if he returns to the Detroit lineup before then."

American League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Salvador Perez, Royals
C Derek Norris, Athletics
C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael Brantley, Indians

Victor Martinez sitting out as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who continues to deal with back pain, was not in Sunday's lineup against the Rays. Detroit is off Monday before opening a two-game series against the Dodgers.

Victor Martinez unlikely to play Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told the Detroit Free Press he does not expect the pain in his side to subside in time for Sunday's game against the Rays.

Martinez is likely out until at least Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers, though manager Brad Ausmus also acknowledged he might hold Martinez out of the lineup through the All-Star break.


Victor Martinez a possible no-go through All-Star break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Brad Ausmus has conceded that an ailing back could keep Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez sidelined through the All-Star break, but for now he's day-to-day.

Martinez left the Friday game in pain and is out of the lineup Saturday as well.


Back issue has Victor Martinez sidelined Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) A back ailment that forced Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez out of the game Friday has prevented him from starting Saturday against Tampa Bay. Torii Hunter will assume that role.

Martinez has played like an all-star all season. He boasts a stat line of .328/.391/.599 and needs just five home runs the rest of the way to break his career high.


Victor Martinez exits game with back injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was forced out of Friday's game against the Rays with a back injury.

Martinez, who missed three games with ribcage soreness, left the game in the eighth inning with the injury. He is hitting .328/.391/.599 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 302 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

Victor Martinez homers in return to lineup Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Returning to the starting lineup Thursday after missing three games with ribcage soreness, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 8-1 win over the Rays.

Martinez's first-inning home run put his team up 4-0 before the Rays were able to record an out. He appears to be just fine after missing the first part of the week. Martinez has hit .327/.389/.600 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI in 300 at-bats.


Victor Martinez back in lineup Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is back in the lineup Thursday and batting cleanup in his team's game against the Rays.

Martinez missed the past three games while dealing with soreness in his ribcage. He returns to an excellent .323/.384/.589 line with 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 297 at-bats.


Tigers hopeful Victor Martinez will be back Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he hopes to have DH Victor Martinez back in the lineup Thursday vs. Tampa Bay. Martinez missed a third straight game Wednesday due to a rib cage injury.

"He tried to talk his way in," Ausmus said of Victor Martinez following Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "I just felt like we've got to give it a little more time. It's in an area on his side that if it becomes serious, it could be a long-term thing."


Victor Martinez still absent from Detroit lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez remains out Wednesday with a rib cage issue that has prevented him from playing since Sunday.

Martinez has been tearing it up from Day 1 this season. He boasts a stat line of .323/.384/.589 with 20 home runs. He needs just six more to establish a career-high.


Victor Martinez misses second straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Tigers DH Victor Martinez was unable to start Tuesday against the A's, missing a second straight start due soreness in his rib cage. J.D. Martinez was once started at DH Tuesday for Detroit.

Victor Martinez a late scratch Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Tigers DH Victor Martinez was scratched from the starting lineup Monday against Oakland due to soreness in his rib cage. J.D. Martinez replaced him in the starting lineup at DH.

"He didn’t want to come out," manager Brad Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I just decided that I didn’t want to risk losing Vic for any extended period of time."


Victor Martinez slugs 20th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 2 for 5 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 8-6 win over the Rangers Wednesday.

It was the 19th double and the 20th home run of the season for Martinez, who has smacked three home runs in his last five games while driving in seven runs during that span. He has hit .330/.387/.610 with 52 RBI in 282 at-bats during his eye-opening campaign.


Victor Martinez hits number 18


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez hit his 18th home run Friday against the Indians.

Martinez homered on the first pitch he saw in the fourth inning. He took a 93 mph sinker from Corey Kluber out to right for the two-run shot. Martinez finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He's hitting .328/.383/.596 over 265 at-bats.


Victor Martinez delivers 17th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 12-9 win over the Twins Saturday.

Martinez knocked his two-run home run as part of a seven-run third inning that put his team up for good despite a late push by the twins. The designated hitter has done his best Miguel Cabrera impression this season, hitting .329/.381/.605 with 17 home runs and 43 RBI in 243. He's also only struck out 17 times during his excellent 2014 campaign.


Victor Martinez homer keys defeat of Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) In what teammate and Friday starter Justin Verlander told MLive.com was "one of the best at-bats I've ever seen," Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez fouled off five pitches off Hisashi Iwakuma before slamming a three-run homer to break a 2-2 tie and give his team the win Friday night.

Martinez added a single in raising his league-leading batting average to .347. His on-base percentage has been elevated to .400 for the first time since April 19.