V-Mart on track for return next week
With a gorgeous afternoon in Detroit, Victor Martinez hit the field to get in his first real workout since he went on the 15-day disabled list. The results were very encouraging for him to return from his groin strain once he’s eligible to come off the DL next week.
“I’m feeling great, man,” Martinez said. “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.”
Martinez did agility drills, played catch and hit, all without pain. He was among the many Tigers who came out to the ballpark early.
He’s eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday, May 4, the third day of their four-game series against the Yankees.
Around the same time, Rick Porcello was throwing his final side session before he jumps back into the rotation Saturday. They put him on the mound and threw some hitters at him, and he said the 45-pitch session went well. No radar guns that I could see, so unless you’re going on feel, it’s hard to tell whether Porcello was throwing harder.