Victor Martinez RUMORS & NEWS

  • Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez running with 'hitch' in step; Alex Avila will get shot at first base

    Michigan Live "If it looks to you like Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is running with a bit of a hitch in his step, you're not alone. Brad Ausmus sees it, too. Ausmus, the Tigers' manager, was asked if he has noticed Martinez running gingerly this spring. Ausmus said he first spotted it..." March 26

  • Victor Martinez catching days are likely over

    MLB.com "Tigers first baseman/DH Victor Martinez's days of catching, even as an emergency option, appear to be over for now. For Andrew Romine and Hernan Perez, the catching days might be beginning. While Tigers pitchers who weren't on the travel roster for Wednesday night's game against the Pirates had..." March 19

  • Tigers' V-Mart (knee) making progress: 'It's going OK'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez came back to his locker stall with a bat in his hand and sweat on his brow this morning. "It's going OK," Martinez said of his fourth day of live batting practice while rehabbing from knee surgery. "It just feels good to get back to work with the..." March 12

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Victor Martinez is confident he remains on track to play opening day. Would like two weeks of at-bats if possible.

  • Victor Martinez on track to start season on time

    Detroit News "Manager Brad Ausmus' fears regarding Victor Martinez and his well-meaning rambunctiousness were well-placed. Ausmus felt it was best to keep Martinez, recovering from arthroscopic surgery, away from spring training until he was capable of doing more baseball-related activities. "Victor isn't..." March 03

  • V-Mart's surgery today; will he miss 4 weeks or 4 months?

    Detroit Free Press "A week of not-so-anxious waiting is coming to an end. Sometime this afternoon, the Detroit Tigers will know the severity of Victor Martinez's left knee injury, suffered while participating in baseball activities two weeks ago. Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his left knee and, according..." February 10

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    anthony fenech @anthonyfenech

    Victor Martinez’s surgery was successful and he will resume full activity in 4-6 weeks, the Tigers say.

  • V-Mart tears left medial meniscus in workouts

    MLB.com "For the second time in four years, Victor Martinez has suffered a major knee injury during offseason workouts. This one doesn’t appear to be as severe, but it’ll put the start of his season in question. The Tigers announced Thursday that Martinez has torn the medial meniscus in left knee...." February 06

  • Victor Martinez tore a meniscus in his knee last week, needs surgery

    Hardball Talk "Bad news for the Tigers: Jason Beck: #Tigers announce Victor Martinez tore his medial meniscus in left knee during workouts last week. Scheduled for surgery with Dr. Andrews. The Tigers just signed Martinez to a four-year, $68 million deal. Now he’s going under the knife. " February 05

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Tigers close to re-signing Victor Martinez to four-year deal.

  • Victor Martinez, Tigers agree to a four-year deal

    ESPN.com "The Detroit Tigers and veteran Victor Martinez have agreed to a four-year deal, a team source told ESPN's Jim Bowden. The deal will be worth around $70 million, sources told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had said Tuesday that re-signing Martinez was the..." November 12

  • Blue Jays, Mariners among teams joining Tigers in V-Mart derby

    CBSSports.com "The Blue Jays have joined at least the Mariners and incumbent Tigers in the derby for top free-agent hitter Victor Martinez, who posted an MVP type season at the right time. Toronto is seen as having the greatest needs at second base (or third base) and in the bullpen, though it recently traded..." November 11

  • 137d
    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Source: Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez did not accept qualifying offers (as expected). Now officially free agents.

  • Tigers face losing Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez to free agency

    Hardball Talk "Celebrated Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski has a very difficult couple of months ahead of him. Not only is he faced with the annual questions about the state of his bullpen, but he could lose 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and 2014 AL MVP candidate Victor Martinez in..." October 06

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    Daryl Van Schouwen @CST_soxvan

    Ausmus said Sale hitting VMart was "weak" and notion he has someone stealing signs is "ludicrous." Tigers know that was Sale's accusation.

  • 258d
    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Brad Ausmus said the plan is for Victor Martinez to return to the lineup Friday against Cleveland.

  • 261d
    Lynn G. Henning @Lynn_Henning

    Ausmus confirmed Victor Martinez likely to sit out 4 games at K.C., which coupled with All-Star break, gives him 8 more days to heal (back).

  • Tigers should work to re-sign Victor Martinez, sooner the better

    Detroit News "No need, immediately, to get this Victor Martinez matter settled. The Tigers have their 35-year-old slugging machine under contract through the end of this season, which means May is not exactly bumping against any renewal deadlines. But it is possible the Tigers will want a hitter so..." May 09

  • Victor Martinez strikes out looking, ends streak after nearly a year

    Bless You Boys "It took 154 games to end the streak, but Monday night Victor Martinez struck out looking for the first time since May 21, 2013. Martinez had been struck out only three times in 2014 until Monday evening, and it took him over a month to accumulate his fourth. The previous caught-looking was on..." May 06

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez back in catching gear

    Detroit News "Maybe not the absolute first. But one of the first things the Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez did after arriving at Joker Marchant Stadium was to put on his catching gear. With good reason. At some point, probably early in the season — and probably more than last year — Martinez..." February 14

  • Victor Martinez on Tigers: 'We'll see'

    ESPN.com "Victor Martinez seems unsure of his future with the Detroit Tigers after the 2014 season, saying he wants to stay but also realizing where he stands on the team's pecking order. "I want to stay here, yes," Martinez told reporters at the team's TigerFest. "But they have a lot going on. They have..." January 28

  • Victor Martinez not worried about batting order, just wants World Series ring

    Detroit Free Press "ictor Martinez wants a ring before he retires. He still thinks it is possible to win one with the Detroit Tigers. “We still have a great team,” Martinez said on Saturday at Comerica Park, where he took part in the annual TigerFest. “We still have a great shot to win a World Series. See what..." January 26

  • V-Mart fine after cramping up in ninth inning

    MLB.com "The Tigers couldn't grab a win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday against the Red Sox and they dodged a big blow to their lineup. Victor Martinez grabbed his left quad after hitting a one-out single in the ninth inning before gingerly walking off the field for a..." October 16

  • Leyland: Miguel Cabrera will DH, Victor Martinez will catch Thursday

    Detroit Free Press "In one sentence Jim Leyland said a mouthful. “It looks like on Thursday Martinez is going to catch and Miguel Cabrera will (be the) DH” the Tigers manager said at his pre-game news conference today. “I’m going to leave it at that.” Several weeks ago Leyland mentioned that he could make this..." September 18

  • Victor Martinez starting at catcher for first time in more than two years

    CBSSports.com "For the first time in 749 days Victor Martinez is starting a game behind the plate at catcher. The Tigers don't want to lose his bat as they open a weekend series on the road against the Mets in Citi Field an NL park with no DH. "I'm contemplating -- contemplating only -- catching him a game in..." August 23

  • Tigers won't reach full potential until Victor Martinez starts hitting

    Detroit News "Three weeks shy of the All-Star break, the Tigers sit comfortably in first place in the American League Central, 10 games over .500 after taking three of four from the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. They lead the majors in hitting and on-base percentage. They rank second in runs scored and run..." June 25

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez says he's ready for any role in NL park

    Detroit Free Press "With the designated hitter not in use in the National League, the Tigers will have Victor Martinez available as a pinch-hitter for the two games against the Nationals. “Just be ready for that AB,” Martinez said before Tuesday night’s game at Nationals Park was postponed by rain. “He can hit,..." May 08

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez heads to bench for series against Nationals

    Detroit News "Now, the Nationals. And now, there will be no Victor Martinez. Not in the starting lineup, anyway, as the Tigers move to Nationals Park for Tuesday-Wednesday games against a National League team that, because it is playing at home and observes league rules, won't be using the designated..." May 06

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez keeps working from the right and left

    Detroit Free Press "Victor Martinez is working hard. Both of him. Like all switch-hitters, Martinez is really two hitters: the right-handed hitter and the left-handed hitter. Both require constant maintenance. One can be cold and the other can be hot. Right now for Martinez, both are cold: Left-handed, he’s..." April 23

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez out with cut thumb, status is day-to-day

    Detroit News "Designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the lineup for the Tigers and is listed as day-to-day because he cut his right thumb on the bat rack. The cut, sustained on Sunday, required eight stitches. Andy Dirks was penciled into the Tigers' lineup as the designated hitter for the game on..." April 09

  • Torii Hunter to make debut; Victor Martinez ready for return

    Detroit Free Press "Some Opening Day perspectives on the Tigers' lineup for today: Austin Jackson, centerfielder. It's his fourth Opening Day in the majors -- and his fourth as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder. In both roles he succeeded Curtis Granderson. Torii Hunter, rightfielder. He makes his Tigers..." April 01

  • Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland won't rule out catching for Victor Martinez

    Michigan Live "Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't ruling it out. Victor Martinez will enter the season as the club's everyday designated hitter, but when interleague play rolls around, there's a "strong possibility" he could start at catcher. That's all Leyland is willing to consider right now. "Eventually,..." March 22

  • Victor Martinez’s return is another reason to believe in Tigers

    Sporting News "When tallying the reasons the Detroit Tigers are the overwhelming favorites to repeat as AL Central champions, you start with the presence of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. Then you can factor in the arrival of Torii Hunter and the return of Anibal Sanchez. And don’t forget the emergence..." March 06

  • Tigers over-under: How many games will Victor Martinez start at catcher?

    Michigan Live "Question: How many games will Victor Martinez start at catcher? James Schmehl: Martinez wants to catch this year. He worked out in catcher's gear in workouts and claims he'll be ready when called upon. My guess? That call won't come. Barring an emergency scenario, Martinez won't see playing..." March 06

  • Tigers' Leyland: 'Victor (Martinez) is not hurt'

    Detroit News "It was planned all along. That's Leyland said about Victor Martinez getting the extended amount of time out of the lineup that he's now getting. Three games and four days, in other words. Martinez — who missed all of 2012 because of left knee surgery but said as recently as Saturday that..." March 04

  • Despite grimace, absence from Tigers lineup, Victor Martinez insists he's fine

    Detroit News "His absence from the Tigers lineup for Saturday's and Sunday's games is ominous, but Victor Martinez insisted Saturday that all is well with his recovering left knee. "Everything's perfect," the Tigers designated hitter said Saturday morning in the Tigers clubhouse. Martinez was removed from..." March 03

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez raring to go after missing 2012 season

    Detroit Free Press "It is dark when Victor Martinez arrives at Joker Marchant Stadium every morning. And quiet -- not too many major leaguers enter the clubhouse at 6 a.m. this time of the year. There is a reason Martinez's swing has looked smooth and powerful this spring training -- a year after suffering a torn..." March 03

  • Tigers know what was missing in 2012: Victor Martinez

    Detroit News "Not even Victor Martinez could have known what Victor Martinez and the Tigers were getting when a skilled hitter and a needy team were reunited ahead of spring camp. It wasn't blasphemy to wonder if the guy they call V-Mart might be creaky from a year layoff and a 34th birthday. Science tells..." February 25

  • Knee injury healed, Tigers' Victor Martinez continues strong camp

    Detroit Free Press "In his 1960 essay on Ted Williams, John Updike touched on how Williams always could hit after he'd had a long absence, either for military service or because of an injury: "... yet he always came back, and always looked like himself. The delicate mechanism of timing and power seemed locked,..." February 25

  • Tigers' closer question remains open; Victor Martinez matter appears to be settled

    Detroit Free Press "Bruce Rondon, a rookie trying to become the Tigers' closer, stood on the mound at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday in his first spring training game. Rondon already had walked one and hit the umpire on the leg with another pitch when Toronto catcher Josh Thole stepped into the batter's..." February 24

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez's 'nightmare' finally ends with Friday's opener

    Detroit News "Picture this: In his first at-bat on Friday against the Atlanta Braves, Victor Martinez hits a gapper. He's fine rounding first, fine heading into second and might even have a shot at third. What does he do? If you were a coach, for that matter, what would you do? Would you automatically stop..." February 22

  • Victor Martinez pleased with debut: 'I'm not even thinking about the knee'

    Michigan Live "It had been more than 16 months since Victor Martinez had last faced live pitching in a game situation. He said Friday afternoon that it felt like the first time. "I don't know how to explain it," Martinez said. "It was like I was just called up to the big leagues all over..." February 22

  • No restrictions on Tigers' Victor Martinez

    Detroit Free Press "Victor Martinez is due to bat for the Detroit Tigers on Friday for the first time in 496 days. The last time he did so was in the final game of the 2011 AL championship series in Texas. Three months later, in January of last year, Martinez tore up his knee while working out. He missed the..." February 21

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez pumped to play his first game in more than a year

    Detroit News "Victor Martinez is looking forward to it all. The 20-minute drive from his house outside of Orlando to the Braves' ballpark in Lake Buena Vista; putting on his uniform for the Tigers' first exhibition game — but most of all, playing in his first game of any kind in more than a year after a knee..." February 21

  • Barring setback, Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez on track to contribute right away this season

    Michigan Live "In 2011, the designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers hit .330 with 12 home runs, 103 RBIs and an .850 OPS. In 2012, the designated hitter for the Tigers hit .267 with 18 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .707 OPS. In 2013, the designated hitter for the Tigers is very likely to post numbers somewhere..." February 14

  • Is Victor Martinez ready?

    Bless You Boys "That January day when we learned of Victor Martinez's knee injury was a worrisome one. The Tigers were coming off their first Central Division title, and optimism about the upcoming season was easy to find. But when you take one of the best batters out of the middle of the lineup, there's a big..." February 14

  • Five Tigers players to keep an eye on this spring

    Detroit Free Press "Free Press special writer Jon Machota breaks down five players to watch in Lakeland: Victor Martinez A torn anterior cruciate ligament in Martinez's left knee forced the switch-hitter to miss last season. The 34-year-old DH is expected to bat fifth and protect Prince Fielder. The Tigers were..." February 10

  • Victor Martinez back in game mode

    Detroit News "Yes, Victor Martinez is swinging a bat. Impressively, in fact. "It doesn't look like he's lost anything," Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon said. "I see a lot of zip, a lot of pop in his swing." Is he running the bases? Yes. With no pain. "That was the last hurdle," Tigers..." February 09

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez draws raves on recovery

    Detroit News "Once they determined last summer that, no, Victor Martinez would not play for the Tigers in 2012, strategies shifted. The focus became 2013. A slower, steadier rehabilitation program began, designed to heal a switch-hitter's left knee that had been shredded during a workout last..." January 11

  • Detroit Tigers pumped for Victor Martinez's return

    Detroit News "Fans could be excused for sometimes forgetting about Victor Martinez, so long ago was it that Martinez last swung a bat in a Tigers game. It has been 13 months, a long time in baseball, and longer yet for a man who turns 34 in seven weeks and whose baseball career is at least approaching early..." November 05

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