V-Mart likely batting 5th upon return
The question came up this morning: When Victor Martinez returns from the disabled list this coming week, would he go back to batting fifth? Or would he bat somewhere else in the order.
The answer appears to be fifth.
“If he’s ready, I’ll probably put him right there behind Miguel right away,” Jim Leyland said.
That doesn’t seem to rule out moving him to, say, the third spot down the road. But it seemingly rules out an immediate change.
It’s an interesting conflict. Move Martinez to third, and it gives potentially a hotter hitter in front of Miguel Cabrera, not to mention a different look if the top of the order can get on base for the third guy. But that would remove the veteran run producing bat behind Cabrera, and we all saw what happened with that on Saturday.