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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%: 90/8 | Average Draft Position: 66.19
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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.


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez fourth in lineup with Victor Martinez out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) There will be a Martinez batting cleanup for the Tigers in St. Louis on Friday night. But for the second straight game, it will be J.D. Martinez rather than Victor Martinez.

The latter is sitting out not because he has been in a season-long slump, but due to the game being played in a National League park.

J.D. Martinez, on the other hand, is on a five-game hitting streak and has nine walks in the last eight games. His slash line is a solid .244/.314/.465.


Tigers' Ausmus: Victor Martinez could pinch-hit this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters he wanted to give designated hitter Victor Martinez up to four days off with three games coming up this weekend at a National League park. Martinez, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday, could serve as a pinch-hitter over the weekend, Ausmus added, per the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez has just three hits over his last 19 at-bats. He is hitting .226 (24 for 106) with one home run, 15 RBI and a .320 on-base percentage in 32 games.


Tigers' Victor Martinez gets the night off, could sit out next four


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave designated hitter Victor Martinez the afternoon off on Thursday against the Twins, which means the struggling switch-hitter could receive four consecutive days off, per MLive.com.

Martinez, who underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus, has just three hits over his last 19 at-bats. He is hitting .226 (24 for 106) with one home run, 15 RBI and a .320 on-base percentage in 32 games. He is hitting .150 with a .418 OPS as a left-handed hitter this season.

"Like I said, I just have to fight it," Martinez said of his sore left knee, per the Detroit Free Press.

With Martinez given the day off, J.D. Martinez is in the starting lineup, but at DH. Rajai Davis is in right field, Anthony Gose is in center.

Detroit will play the next three games over the weekend at St. Louis, meaning Martinez won't be able to serve as a designated hitter. Ausmus has hinted in the past that Martinez won't play the field and will only serve as a pinch-hitter in National League parks.


Tigers' Victor Martinez doubles from the left side Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is showing signs of life from the left side of the plate after battling knee injuries to begin the year, according to MLive.com.

Martinez was hitting just .141 from the left side heading into Saturday's game, but turned things around with a double in the sixth inning and then a single off the top of the wall in the eighth.

"It feels good," Martinez said. "I'm not going to lie. Every time you make good contact, it feels really good."

Manager Brad Ausmus has liked the progress he's seen from Martinez through the knee injuries.

"Those were probably the best two balls he's hit all year from the left side," Ausmus said. "I think that that's a good sign for us and for Victor."


Tigers DH Victor Martinez gets three hits, RBI in win Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez continued to snap out of his slump on Thursday, as he went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI in the 4-1 victory over the White Sox. That's now two mult-hit games in a row for Martinez, who now owns a .241 batting average. He'll look to keep the good times rolling on Friday against the Royals.

Tigers DH Victor Martinez sees 2015 start as similar to 2013


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) The uncharacteristic early-season numbers Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez have posted are eerily similar to those he recorded in 2013, when he suffered through a bad start. But he considers that a positive moving forward.

Martinez slugged his first home run Wednesday night. It was his first extra-base hit since April 19. His current slash line is .217/.265/.320. But he remembers quite well that he didn't blast off in 2013 until his 28th game. And he finished that year batting .319 with 14 home runs, 73 RBI and .837 OPS.

"That's a good thing that I have on my side, that's I've been here before," he told MLB.com. "I kind of know what I have to keep doing, just to get my strength back, to try to go out there and be myself."

The switch-hitting Martinez has been dealing with a knee ailment that has prevented him from maximizing his swing from the left side of the plate.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez hits first homer of the season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer in the third inning of Thursday's 7-6 loss to the White Sox. 

Martinez took an 0-2 pitch deep to left field and drove in Miguel Cabrera as well. It's Martinez's first home run of the season. 

Martinez went 2 for 4 with four RBI in the game. He hit a sacrifice fly for a run in the first inning and hit an RBI single that scored Jose Iglesias in the eighth. He's now hitting .217/.320/.265 for the year. 


Tigers' Ausmus doubts Martinez will play first base this season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wouldn't be shocked if designated hitter Victor Martinez never played first base this season, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez has been dealing with a knee irritation, but he is getting close to 100 percent. In 65 at-bats this season, Martinez is batting .231 with nine RBI.


Tigers' Ausmus on Victor Martinez: 'He's really close to where he was'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez has been dealing with a knee irritation in a different area of his surgically repaired left knee, manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday. Martinez underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus.

Although, it appears Martinez could be getting back to 100 percent.

"He's really close to where he was," Ausmus said, per MLB.com.


Tigers not considering dropping Victor Martinez in batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters he hasn't considered dropping designated hitter Victor Martinez down in the order, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"He seems to be progressing. The limp's not as noticeable. When he's taking pitches, he looks more normal, more comfortable, so I think we're moving in the right direction," Ausmus said.

Martinez will bat fourth in Wednesday's game against Minnesota, despite hitting .232 with just one extra-base hit. He is hitting .148 (4 for 27) over his last nine games.


Tigers' Victor Martinez looking better with knee injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is still battling through a knee injury that has bother him to begin the season. But manager Brad Ausmus has noticed Martinez improving both health-wise and at the plate, according to MLB Network Radio.

Ausmus said Martinez has shown improvement over the last six games, where he is hitting .222 with five RBI in 18 at-bats. He also drew four walks and one HBP. Ausmus also noted Martinez's knee is still a factor, but it is getting better.


Victor Martinez drives in three for the Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez drove in three runs on a 2-for-4 day at the plate in Saturday's 4-1 win over Cleveland. 

Martinez singled with the bases loaded and added another RBI single later to pace the Tigers' scoring. He now has eight RBI on the season and is hitting .239.


Ausmus: Tigers DH Martinez looking 'a lot better'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Things appear to be looking up for Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who has been struggling so much with a knee ailment that Brad Ausmus has considered sitting him against right-handers.

Martinez told Ausmus on Tuesday that he feels good and the manager thinks he looks good as well. "He actually looked a lot better yesterday than he did the day before," Ausmus told the Detroit Free Press.

The switch-hitter, who is batting cleanup Tuesday against the Yankees, has emerged from a mini-slump with three hits Sunday and two hard-hit balls Monday.


Yankees rob Tigers' Victor Martinez of two hits Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in Monday's 2-1 win over the Yankees, but both outs he made were due to excellent defensive plays by Yankees outfielders, MLB.com reports.

"What can you do? You do what you can control, which is putting a good swing on the ball," Martinez said. "They had pretty good defense in the outfield, might be one of the best in the game, especially with (Brett) Gardner and (Jacoby) Ellsbury. Nothing surprises me about that."

Martinez, who underwent an MRI on his knee last week, said he came out of Monday's game fine and that he wants to play again Tuesday.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez says he's fine to play on Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/20/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told manager Brad Ausmus that he was fine after crossing the plate for the Tigers' winning run Monday and that he wants to play on Tuesday against the Yankees, per the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez went 0 for 2 with a walk in the win.

Tigers' Victor Martinez underwent MRI last week on knee


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez underwent an MRI on his injured knee last week, manager Brad Ausmus said per the Detroit Free Press.

Ausmus also noted the team has considered every possibility with Martinez, including a stint on the disabled list to heal his knee, but the team has a plan in place to get him healthy, according to the report.

Martinez has been bother by knee soreness all season and started eight games as a DH so far. He is hitting .310 with four RBI in 29 at-bats.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez may see left-handed at-bats limited


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) As he fights through a lingering knee injury, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez may see his at-bats from the left side of the plate reduced in order to limit the wear on his knee, per MLB.com. 

Martinez was pulled in Sunday's game after tallying three hits, and going forward, he may not be in the lineup against right-handed pitching to prevent any further aggravation on the knee. 

"If it was getting worse, I would say something," he said. "It's something I'm going to have to play through for a little bit. Hopefully, it goes away sooner than later."