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Grand Rapids Press May 22, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander to throw simulated game; Victor Martinez working out in Orlando

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander to throw simulated game; Victor Martinez working out in Orlando

Verlander threw a bullpen session Thursday and will throw a simulated game Tuesday in Oakland. DETROIT -- Bruce Rondon feels good and will throw again Sunday. Justin Verlander will throw a simulated game Tuesday. Victor Martinez is going through rehabilitation in Orlando. And Alex Avila's knee is feeling better. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave updates on those four injured players -- all of whom are on the disabled list -- on Friday afternoon prior to his team's game against the Houston Astros. Rondon felt good after throwing 22 pitches in two-thirds of...
Bless You Boys May 22, 2015

10 ways the Tigers can fix Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez is on the disabled list with a body that has been abused, battered, and generally wrecked. But have we really exhausted all options for getting him back to health? I THINK NOT! Victor Martinez is very good at hitting baseballs. So good, in fact, the Tigers pay him much money to perform this valuable service. Unfortunately, Mr. Martinez is unable to hit baseballs right now because his body is, well, pretty ouchy. If only there were some way to restore him to full power.  Sure, Tigers athletic trainers Kevin Rand and Doug Teter are trying things like "rest" and "modern...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
Analysis: Detroit Tigers need more of what they got from Nick Castellanos in win over Brewers

Analysis: Detroit Tigers need more of what they got from Nick Castellanos in win over Brewers

Castellanos cleared the bases with a triple in the eighth inning Wednesday night to break a 2-2 tie and launch the Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Watch video DETROIT -- Two Detroit Tigers hitters underachieved more than any of their teammates through the first 40 games of the season. One of those two was Victor Martinez, who has been battling a knee issue all season and went on the disabled list Tuesday. The other one was Nick Castellanos, who had his biggest hit of the season Wednesday. Castellanos cleared the bases...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
J.D. Martinez to fill role as Detroit Tigers' cleanup hitter with Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely

J.D. Martinez to fill role as Detroit Tigers' cleanup hitter with Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus basically has two choices: J.D. Martinez or Yoenis Cespedes. For now, it appears hes sticking with Martinez. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus basically has two options: J.D. Martinez or Yoenis Cespedes. For now, it appears he's sticking with Martinez. With Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely with inflammation in his left knee, the Tigers will need a new cleanup hitter to fill his void in the starting lineup. And it appears J.D. Martinez will be asked to fill that role for the foreseeable future. For the second...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2015
Analysis: Easy to second-guess now, but Tigers waited too long to put Victor Martinez on the DL

Analysis: Easy to second-guess now, but Tigers waited too long to put Victor Martinez on the DL

Could Victor Martinez have continued to play through the injury? Absolutely. But nothing wouldve changed. Martinez needs rest. He needs a lot of it. The Tigers realize that now. DETROIT -- This year, Victor Martinez has been a shell of the player who finished runner-up in the American League's MVP voting last year. Martinez admitted as much Monday when he spoke to reporters after he went 0 for 4 with no balls hit out of the infield, extending his hitless streak to 13 at-bats. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted as much Tuesday -- a day after Martinez appeared to...

Game 2015.40: Brewers at Tigers

Victor Martinez and his inability to hit left handed has been the most popular Tiger topic as of late. He’s in a massive slump (let’s hope it’s a slump), and looked downright awful in two key late inning game-tying/go-ahead situations over the past two nights. He weakly grounded out to 3rd on Sunday night, despite […]
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus confident Victor Martinez will 'contribute at some point this year'

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus confident Victor Martinez will 'contribute at some point this year'

When asked if Brad Ausmus is confident Victor Martinez will be able to contribute at some point this season, the second-year manager didnt hesitate with his response. DETROIT -- Detroit manager Brad Ausmus refused to speculate Tuesday about a timetable for when Victor Martinez will be ready to rejoin the Tigers. It could be two weeks when he's first eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list. It could be after the All-Star break in mid-July. It's too early to say right now, Ausmus said when he met with reporters in his office prior to Tuesday's game. "I...
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: J.D. Martinez will bat in cleanup spot tonight with Victor Martinez sidelined

Detroit Tigers lineup: J.D. Martinez will bat in cleanup spot tonight with Victor Martinez sidelined

With Victor Martinez sidelined indefinitely, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has penciled J.D. Martinez in the fourth spot in the starting lineup tonight. DETROIT -- J.D. Martinez is back in the cleanup spot. With Victor Martinez placed on the disabled list Tuesday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has penciled J.D. Martinez in the fourth spot in the starting lineup tonight as Detroit continues its three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Yoenis Cespedes has been moved up to the fifth spot behind Martinez. It'll mark the ninth time this season Martinez will hit...
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers place Victor Martinez on disabled list with left knee inflammation, recall Tyler Collins

Detroit Tigers place Victor Martinez on disabled list with left knee inflammation, recall Tyler Collins

Theres no more need to speculate. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee, the team announced. DETROIT -- There's no more need to speculate. Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday. The move was made a day after Martinez appeared to re-aggravate his knee trying to beat a throw from second base in the eighth inning in Detroit's 3-2 loss to the Brewers. He finished 0 for...
Bless You Boys May 19, 2015

Tigers' Victor Martinez facing extended DL stint, per source

The designated hitter will be out until some time in July. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez will be placed on the disabled list for a stay that could extend into July, a source told Bless You Boys on Tuesday. Martinez appeared to re-aggravate his left knee Monday against the Brewers while crossing first base, the designated hitter saying after the game that he felt a "little pinch" attempting to beat out a double play. Essentially, the player who has been batting fourth for the Detroit Tigers is not Victor Martinez. Sure, the person is there, but that's about it. Yet, the team, and Martinez,...
Bless You Boys May 19, 2015

Tigers recalling Tyler Collins, corresponding move unknown, per report

Victor Martinez is in all likelihood going to be placed on the DL. Outfielder Tyler Collins will join the Tigers on Tuesday, Tony Paul of the Detroit News reported. A corresponding move is not yet known, but the most likely scenario is Victor Martinez being placed on the 15-day disabled list. Martinez appeared to suffer an injury Monday night against the Brewers when running to first base in the eighth inning in an unsuccessful attempt to beat out a double play. After crossing the bag he appeared to favor his left knee, the same one that cost him the 2012 season and that he injured this...
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers to promote Tyler Collins; connected move could land Victor Martinez on DL

Detroit Tigers to promote Tyler Collins; connected move could land Victor Martinez on DL

Collins is hitting just .248 with a .639 OPS for Triple-A Toledo this season, but has big-league experience. The Tigers passed over Daniel Fields, who is having an excellent season and also bats left-handed, to promote Collins. Tyler Collins is headed to Detroit. MLive.com has learned that Collins will join the Detroit Tigers today prior to their game tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. The move could mean the Tigers will place designated hitter Victor Martinez on the disabled list. Martinez did not play Thursday through Saturday but appeared as a pinch...
Grand Rapids Press May 19, 2015
Victor Martinez wants to do 'whatever is best' for Detroit Tigers, doesn't rule out trip to DL

Victor Martinez wants to do 'whatever is best' for Detroit Tigers, doesn't rule out trip to DL

Martinez is 3-for-24 in his last seven games after going hitless in four at-bats during a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, when he helped kill a potential rally by hitting into a double play with two men on and none out in the eighth inning. Watch video DETROIT - With Victor Martinez's batting average steadily sinking, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the club is going to have to take a look at what can be done with the ailing slugger. That could include a trip to the disabled list, something Ausmus didn't rule out Monday after a 3-2 loss...
Grand Rapids Press May 18, 2015

Detroit Tigers to consider options with Victor Martinez, including possible trip to DL

Martinez has been bothered all season by a nagging injury to his left knee.
Grand Rapids Press May 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Yoenis Cespedes gets day off, Brewers in town for first time in five years

Detroit Tigers lineup: Yoenis Cespedes gets day off, Brewers in town for first time in five years

Victor Martinez is back in the lineup as DH after not starting the last three games in St. Louis. DETROIT -- Yoenis Cespedes will get the day off as the Milwaukee Brewers visit Comerica Park for the first time since 2009. Cespedes bent his thumb back on an attempt to catch a fly ball in the 10th inning of Saturday's victory in St. Louis but he was in the lineup Sunday, when the Cardinals won 2-1 to avoid being swept in a three-game series with Detroit. Victor Martinez is back in the lineup as the Tigers' DH after not starting in St. Louis, where he pinch-hit...

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