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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%: 99/98 | Average Draft Position: 66.27
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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.


Tigers' Cabrera, Martinez set to DH in Grapefruit League Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Tigers first basemen Miguel Cabrera (ankle) and Victor Martinez (knee) will serve as the designated hitters for the team's two split-squad Grapefruit League games Sunday.

Neither player has seen Grapefruit League action this spring, though both were able to play on the minor-league side Saturday. Cabrera is returning from ankle surgery, while Martinez is working his way back from knee surgery. If they don't encounter a setback over spring training's final two weeks, both look headed for the team's Opening Day lineup.


Tigers' Victor Martinez felt better than expected in spring debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Victor Martinez returned to the field for the first time this spring in a Tigers' minor league game on Saturday. 

Martinez has been rehabbing from knee surgery. He hit a home run in six plate appearances in the minor league game. 

Martinez said he thought he'd be able to play for the Tigers on Sunday, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press

It was the best that Martinez has felt running the bases all spring, he said, and he felt better than he thought he would. 


Tigers move up Victor Martinez's schedule, will play Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) The Tigers planned to test Victor Martinez's surgically prepared knee by having the DH run the bases on Saturday. If that went well, he would play on Sunday. 

The test went better than expected, because instead, Martinez will get a few at bats in a minor league game on Saturday, per MLB.com's Jason Beck.

Martinez went one for six in the minor league games, hitting a home run. 


Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez could play for Tigers on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) The Tigers may be getting back Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez as soon as Sunday. 

Cabrera is returning from ankle surgery, and Martinez is recovering from knee surgery. 

Both players will run the bases on Saturday, and, depending on how they do, manager Brad Ausmus is considering putting them in Sunday's lineup.

"The final hurdle in terms of them getting into a game on the big league side would be running the bases and them being fine with that," Ausmus said, per MLive's Chris Iott. "It depends on today."

The Tigers have split squad games on Sunday, so both Cabrera and Martinez could play DH. Or the team could have them play in a minor league game and not run the bases. 


Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez still facing 'running, agility' hurdles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera designated hitter Victor Martinez went through three pitches in an hour-long batting practice session, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that the hurdles Cabrera and Martinez have yet to clear are mostly "running and agility" exercises, according to the MLB.com. Once they clear those hurdles, Ausmus will determine the amount of at-bats they will receive in Grapefruit League play on the fly.

"We still have hurdles to cross," Ausmus said, "mostly the running and agility stuff. As much as you can run them and do agility (work), it's hard to simulate game movements."


Tigers' Brad Ausmus: Victor Martinez no longer an option as catcher


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that he doesn't envision Victor Martinez behind the plate any more, according to MLive.com, With Martinez's days as a catcher behind him, Ausmus worked out Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine behind the plate on Wednesday as possible emergency options for the Tigers this season.

Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee in February, and is working his way back from February surgery in hopes of being ready for Opening Day. In 2014 he batted .335 with 32 homers.


Tigers' Miguel Cabrera takes ground balls, BP with Victor Martinez


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) The Tigers did not provide any injury updates on Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, according to the Detroit Free Press. Cabrera took ground ball and participated in batting practice, along with Martinez.

Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera and DH Victor Martinez are running bases


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and designated Victor Martinez are both running bases for the first time since undergoing surgery, according to MLB.com.

Cabrera, 31, had surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle back in October. The first baseman finished 2014 with a batting average of .313 with 25 homeruns.

Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee in February. In 2014 he batted .335 with 32 homeruns.

The Tigers are hopeful that both players will be ready to go by opening day, but there is no definite timetable for their respective returns.


Tigers' Victor Martinez begins straight-ahead sprints, agility drills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand told reporters that Victor Martinez began straight-ahead sprints along with agility drills on Thursday, according to MLB.com. Martinez, who is recovering form offseason knee surgery, has not been cleared to run the bases yet, according to Rand.

V-Mart (knee) might be able to run on the field Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez (knee) said he might be able to run on the field Thursday, per The Detroit News. He would run from home to first, but no turns.

Tigers' Victor Martinez reports no issues after batting practice


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez reported no lingering effects on his knee after taking his first round of batting practice Monday, reports Mlive.com.

Martinez is recovering form offseason knee surgery and he is scheduled to take another round of batting practice Tuesday.


V-Mart takes first round of batting practice since having knee surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez took his first round of batting practice Monday since undergoing knee surgery in February, per MLive.com.

"It was the first time in a while and everything was fast, even BP," Martinez said. "But I expected it to be like that."

He hit from both sides of the plate and sent his last two pitches over the right-field wall.

"I wanted to just try to let it go a little bit at the end," he said. "That's always going to feel good. At the same time, I know my game. Last year was last year. Everything I was hitting was going out. But I've been in the league long enough to know my game. That's why in BP I just hit gap to gap and work on hitting line drives. The rest will happen."

Martinez wasn't willing to say whether he'd be ready by opening day.


Victor Martinez continues working his way back to Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Tigers DH Victor Martinez continues his return from a medial menisectomy in his left knee.

The switch-hitting Martinez increased his workload and is now taking 40 swings from each side of the plate, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.  Martinez had been at 25 swings at the start of the week. 


Tigers' Victor Martinez: I'm still on track for opening day


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told reporters he remains on track to play on opening day, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez, who is working his way back from a medial menisectomy in his left knee, revealed that he suffered the injury while playing catch in the street with his brother in February. He took 25 swings off a tee from each of the plate on Monday, and told reporters he would have taken 50 if the team trainer wasn't around.

The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year.


Tigers DH Victor Martinez puts in rehab work


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Coming off an injured knee, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was able to put in some work during Monday's spring training practice. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, Martinez ran on an anti-gravity treadmill and took 30 swings from each side on a batting tee. 

Martinez underwent medial menisectomy surgery on his left knee on Feb. 10, which has a four-to-six week recovery period. Martinez was asked to report late to camp so that he could ensure his knee was in shape. 


Tigers' Victor Martinez expected to report to spring training Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was in town for photo day Saturday and is expected to report to spring training Monday, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.

Martinez is still rehabbing from a knee injury and has yet to be cleared to participate in baseball activities. The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year. 


Tigers' Victor Martinez expected to report next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is expected to report to camp next week, according to MLB.com.

Martinez is currently rehabbing from his knee injury, but will join the club soon. He hasn't been cleared for baseball activities just yet, and the team doesn't want him to be tempted by being at camp. "I think part of the reason for keeping him there is if Victor gets into the clubhouse and sees guys hitting, he's going to want to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "So we're kind of trying to protect Victor from Victor a little bit. Victor doesn't like to sit on his hands."

Martinez will participate in 10 rehab sessions in Orlando before joining the Tigers next week. The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year. 


Tigers DH Victor Martinez will not be used at catcher early in season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus ruled out using DH Victor Martinez at catcher for a three-game interleague series at Pittsburgh in mid-April. Martinez underwent knee surgery Tuesday, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

"As of right now, I wouldn't plan on Victor catching," Ausmus told MLive.com. "But that could be revisited at a later date."