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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%: 99/82 | Average Draft Position: 66.18
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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."


Victor Martinez's three-hit day leads Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 3 for 3 in Sunday's win over the White Sox. 

Martinez had two singles and an RBI double, while increasing his average to .310. He has four RBI, and the double was his first this season. 


Tigers' Victor Martinez 'certainly not 100 percent' but will play


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez is still battling knee soreness, but it shouldn't force him from the lineup. 

Manager Brad Ausmus said that Martinez is "certainly not 100 percent", per the Detroit Free Press, but he doesn't anticipate sitting Martinez down against right handed pitchers in the near future. 


Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to 'be careful' with Victor Martinez


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus knows there is a long season ahead. That's why the skipper wants to "be careful" with designated hitter Victor Martinez and his knee injury, reports MLive.com.

"It's the knee on the load-side of his body when he's hitting left-handed," Ausmus said. "Right-handed, it's not (a problem). It doesn't bother him as much."

Martinez is only two months removed from undergoing surgery on his knee.

"I think he can face right-handed pitchers," Ausmus said. "But it's something we want to keep an eye on."


Tigers' Victor Martinez returns, batting cleanup vs. Chris Sale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (knee) returned to the starting lineup and will be hitting cleanup Saturday against Chris Sale and the White Sox, per the team's official website. He is 15 for 29 (.517) with three home runs and six RBI in his career against Sale.

It'll be Martinez's first start since Sunday at Cleveland, and his first appearance since Tuesday at Pittsburgh. He is hitting .261 (6 for 23) with five walks and three RBI in eight games.


V-Mart held out of starting lineup again Friday vs. White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Although the Tigers are back in an AL park Friday after playing their three previous games in an NL park, DH Victor Martinez did not return to the starting lineup. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes started at DH on Friday against the White Sox.

Martinez has not started since Sunday at Cleveland. He was available as a pinch-hitter during the Pittsburgh series and is available to pinch-hit Friday, per MLive.com. He is expected back in the starting lineup Saturday.

Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Martinez isn't dealing with a back injury, which surfaced in multiple reports Friday morning after the Tigers lineup was released. Ausmus did mention Martinez winced in a pinch-hit at-bat Tuesday because he tweaked his surgically repaired left knee.

"He'll be back in there tomorrow," Ausmus said Friday. "I just wanted to give him one more day off the left side. The left side's the weaker side.

"We'll give him a day off today, then we have a couple of lefties. He'll be back in there. Hopefully these three days will help that calm down."

Despite Martinez's absence, the Tigers are still favored (-170) for Friday's game.


Tigers' Ausmus: V-Mart available to pinch-hit Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez will be available to pinch-hit Wednesday at Pittsburgh, manager Brad Ausmus said. However, Martinez will not take batting practice, per the Detroit Free Press.

Ausmus showed some concern after Tuesday's game when it appeared Martinez might be dealing with a back injury during a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning.

Martinez, who has not started the last three games with Detroit in an NL park, is batting .261 (6 for 23) with no home runs and three RBI in eight games.


Tigers' Ausmus a little concerned about Victor Martinez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted he was concerned after watching DH Victor Martinez take some uncomfortable swings as a pinch-hitter Tuesday against the Pirates. Although Martinez was grabbing at his back after striking out in the ninth inning, he said he didn't tweak anything.

"Yeah, he didn't look great at the end there," Ausmus said, "so I'll talk with him in the next 24 hours and see how he's feeling."

Martinez is not expected to start again Wednesday, as the Tigers finish out a three-game series in an NL park. The Tigers are off Thursday before starting a 10-game homestand against the White Sox, Yankees and Indians.


Tigers' Rajai Davis leading off Tuesday vs. Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is in the starting lineup and leading off in his team's matchup with the Pirates Tuesday.

Davis has just one hit in eight at-bats this season, but he's 4 for 9 with three extra-base hits against Tuesday starter A.J. Burnett in his career. With Davis in the lineup, Anthony Gose is on the bench.

Designated hitter Victor Martinez remains out of the lineup with the Tigers playing in a National League park Tuesday. The Tigers are underdogs (+110) against the Pirates, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers' Victor Martinez in lineup Sunday, Alex Avila not starting


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Indians.

Martinez left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after feeling a pinch in his kneecap. However, he is able to fill his regular role for the Tigers and will bat cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera.

Catcher Alex Avila is not in Sunday's lineup; James McCann will get the start behind the plate.

The Tigers are underdogs (+100) against the Indians Sunday.


Tigers' Victor Martinez leaves game with leg injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez left Saturday's game in the seventh inning. 

Martinez felt a pinch in his left kneecap while taking a swing, the team announced. He left for a pinch runner after singling. The team said he was feeling better and is day-to-day. 

"I think he'll be fine," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLive. "As a matter of fact, I'd be surprised if he doesn't play (Sunday). It just kind of grabbed him on one swing. He really took a hellacious hack and it kind of grabbed him, but it calmed down pretty quickly and we don't think it's anything serious."


Tigers' Ausmus: Victor Martinez won't play the field in Pittsburgh


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that Victor Martinez will not be in the lineup for his team's three-game series in Pittsburgh that starts Monday, per MLive.com.

"He won't play the field in Pittsburgh," Ausmus said. "He will be a pinch-hitter. He'll be probably the best pinch-hitter in the game."

Martinez underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee, and Ausmus promised back in spring training that if Martinez isn't the DH, he's not in the starting lineup. Martinez is hitting .333 (5 for 15) to start the season.


Cabrera, V-Mart able to start Opening Day for Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) After some initial concerns Miguel Cabrera (ankle) and Victor Martinez (knee) might not be ready for the start of the season after both players underwent surgery in the offseason, they were able to make it into the Tigers' Opening Day lineup against the Twins. Cabrera is batting third and playing at first base, while Martinez is the DH and batting cleanup.

On the mound for Minnesota is right-hander Phil Hughes. Martinez is batting .259 (7 for 27) with no home runs, two doubles and two RBI in his career against Hughes, while Cabrera is batting .471 (16 for 34) with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI against Hughes.


Tigers optimistic Cabrera, Martinez will be ready for Opening Day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expressed optimism he will have both first baseman Miguel Cabrera and designated hitter Victor Martinez available for Opening Day, reports MLive.com.

"I'd say, as of right now, I'm optimistic that we can have them both ready for Opening Day," Ausmus said. "But I'm probably more optimistic that at this point that Miggy will be ready to play."

Cabrera, who hit his second home run of spring training Saturday, missed nearly a month after surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle while Martinez underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee.


Miguel Cabrera homers for second straight day for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run for the Tigers on Saturday, the second straight game in which he's homered. 

Cabrera went one for three and brought his spring average to .385.

Manager Brad Ausmus said he'd be "a little surprised" if Cabrera was not in the Tigers' lineup on opening day. 

Victor Martinez, also returning from injury, has also begun playing in Tigers' spring games. Ausmus said he was optimistic Martinez would also be ready for Opening Day, but he wasn't as optimistic as he was for Cabrera. 


Tigers remove Victor Martinez from lineup due to rain in forecast


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was removed from the starting lineup, and is no longer on the travel roster for Friday's game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

Martinez said following a 6-4 win over Baltimore on Thursday that he's experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. The team announced he was scratched due to rain in the forecast, per MLive.com. He remains in Detroit's tentative lineup for Saturday's home game against the Cardinals.


Victor Martinez dealing with knee soreness after first spring HR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez launched a two-run home run off Kevin Gausman, but told reporters following a 6-4 win over Baltimore that he's experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee, "but it's something I just to deal with, I guess," per the Detroit Free Press.

Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters earlier in the day that he noticed a "hitch" in Martinez's step recently since he made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday. Martinez was noticeably limping after beating out a single in the second inning, and remained in the game. His first home run of the spring came in the eighth inning.


Tigers' Victor Martinez running with a hitch in his step


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that designated hitter Victor Martinez has been running gingerly, with a "hitch" in his step since Wednesday. Martinez made his first appearance of the spring on Sunday since undergoing knee surgery in February.

"Thinking back, he sort of ran that way last year," Ausmus said. "He's always had, I don't want to call in a gimp, but he always had a little hitch in his step when he ran. Even a year ago. That may be a result of the first knee surgery."

Martinez told Ausmus he feels fine, and Ausmus said he'll trust his designated hitter moving forward.

"(Martinez) says he feels good. I talked to him (Wednesday)," Ausmus said. "At least he says he feels good. So I'm gonna trust him on that."


Ausmus: Victor Martinez won't play 1B for Tigers anytime soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that designated hitter Victor Martinez won't play first base anytime soon, according to the Detroit Free Press. He is currently Detroit's fourth option "right now" at first base, according to Ausmus.

Martinez, who is making his way back from knee surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday. He has been held without a hit in three at-bats this spring.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez fine after spring debut


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who is making his way back from knee surgery, played in his first spring training game Sunday and said he felt fine after his day of work, according to The Detroit News

Martinez, who played in a minor-league game Saturday, said that he was satisfied with his outing and that two weeks of training should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day.