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.