March 2nd, 2013

Leyland on V-Mart: “We’re backing him off a little bit”

A day after Victor Martinez reportedly winced on a swing Friday against the Mets and left after two at-bats, he was not in the lineup for either Tiger split-squad game and did not take part in batting practice Saturday. He was in the clubhouse at Joker Marchant Stadium all morning, but wasn’t in uniform. However, he was walking around without any noticeable problem, and he had nothing wrapped or iced.

So at this point, other than the swing Friday and the move to get him out of the game, there are no additional signs that anything’s serious. It’s certainly curious, though.

Manager Jim Leyland said in his pregame session that Martinez is fine.

“We’re backing him off a little bit,” Leyland said.

Leyland had said earlier this week that he might have to tell Martinez to take a break. In that sense, it’s not unexpected, but doing it on a split-squad day adds to the curiosity.

As of this morning, Martinez was not on the travel list for Sunday’s game against the Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, a short drive from his home in the Orlando area.

Saturday: Tigers vs. Pirates, Tigers at Yankees

A good number of regulars are staying in Lakeland for the home half of the split squad set. Holaday gets some at-bats at DH while Jim Leyland tries to find some at-bats for his extra catchers.

To follow up on a storyline from Friday, Victor Martinez is not in the lineup for either split-squad game today. As of this morning, he wasn’t on the travel roster for Sunday’s game against the Braves. He didn’t look hobbled or concerned at all around the clubhouse this morning.

TIGERS vs. PIRATES

  1. Austin Jackson, cf
  2. Jeff Kobernus, 2b
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3b
  4. Prince Fielder, 1b
  5. Alex Avila, c
  6. Jhonny Peralta, ss
  7. Tyler Collins, lf
  8. Avisail Garcia, rf
  9. Bryan Holaday, dh

P: Drew Smyly, Casey Crosby, Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit, Jose Alvarez, Melvin Mercedes

PIRATES

  1. Starling Marte, lf
  2. Alex Presley, cf
  3. Russell Martin, dh
  4. Matt Hague, 3b
  5. Travis Snider, rf
  6. Josh Harrison, 2b
  7. Clint Robinson, 1b
  8. Michael McKenry, c
  9. Jordy Mercer, ss

P: Jeanmar Gomez

TIGERS at YANKEES

  1. Omar Infante, 2b
  2. Torii Hunter, rf
  3. Andy Dirks, cf
  4. Don Kelly, 1b
  5. Kevin Russo, 3b
  6. Brayan Pena, c
  7. Nick Castellanos, lf
  8. Danny Worth, ss
  9. Ramon Cabrera, dh

P: Shawn Hill, Kyle Lobstein, Trevor Bell, Kenny Faulk, Jose Ortega, Michael Morrison

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