V-Mart leaves with minor back tightness

Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez had only one plate appearance in his return to game action Wednesday against the Blue Jays, but said afterwards the move was a precaution due to minor back tightness that bothers him when he swings right-handed.

The switch-hitter started Wednesday’s game against Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow and drew a first-inning walk. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Alex Avila in the third inning once Toronto replaced Morrow with lefty Brett Cecil.

Martinez was in the dugout when the change was made, so it clearly wasn’t planned ahead of time. Usually, Martinez goes to the batting cages between his at-bats to stay loose.

Once the inning ended, Martinez walked back to the Tigers clubhouse on his own, carrying his own gear and bats.

“It’s just been a little sore in my back, a little uncomfortable to swing on the right side,” Martinez said. “It’s just a couple days. It’s a little tough. I’ve been out for a year and I’ve been out there every day swinging, swinging, swinging.

“It’s nothing to worry about. I guess you can call it like maintenance.”

Martinez said the issue is not related to his recovery from left knee surgery a year ago. His big test for the knee was his swing against right-handed pitchers, since it put more weight on his left leg.

“Honestly, I’m not even worried about the knee anymore,” Martinez said. “The biggest challenge for me was to hit left-handed. … I’m swinging the bat pretty normal, like I would during the season.”

Martinez expects to play Thursday night against the Braves, who will start right-hander Julio Teheran. The Tigers aren’t scheduled to see a lefty starter until Saturday, when they’ll face Jays southpaw Ricky Romero in Dunedin.

“I’m going to go out there tomorrow and keep playing,” Martinez said.

Wednesday marked Martinez’s first game since last Friday, when he left after two at-bats against the Mets. Manager Jim Leyland said at the time that resting Martinez the last four days was planned, a pattern of gearing him up and then backing him off.

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Whew! (Easy does it boys)

U must have pulled landscaping duty… anyone else’s fingers hurt?

Miggy hit two today. 3 hits I think.
Also, Dominican Republic are looking really strong.

BTW, Miggy has been playing 1st

Just got back from this week’s second version of my final game here.
The wind played havoc with popups. Three not caught, I think it was.
Dirks made a dandy sprinting diving catch in the 1st inning.
Peralta is having his usual spring hitting woes.
Verlander breezed through four like he was playing a video game. Alburquerque keeps getting the minor leaguers to pitch to and it’s not fair to those kids. Coke has become very popular judging from fan reaction when he comes in.
With my ticket package used up and my wife not feeling well, I went to the game stag and got a berm ticket. I walked around the entire game, checking out vantage points and such. There was a Jason Beck sighting but he was too quick (a runner) and I couldn’t catch up. Maybe next year, Jason. It’s been awhile.
Joker Marchant has some really cool ushers. Excellent job, guys.
No kangaroos were harmed in the making of this comment.

The Evil Empire needs an OF and a 1b. Also an starter

a starter ,since they only have one really good

I see what you are saying – trade them Don Kelly and satisfy all their needs!

all you’d need to do is stretch don out – which i am sure he is capable of.

more reports that “Tigers aren’t just casually shopping for a closer, they have an all points bulletin out for one” says mlbtraderumors says someone else

They should just baby V-Mart at this point. No use him getting hurt again before the season starts. He’s been swinging the bat well, and should be fine by April hopefully. Not as worried about the closer situation as some are. The committee theory works for me until Rondon gets under control.
-Mike
http://minoringinbaseball.com/

Time for somebody to start making things interesting as far as left field goes! Kobernus has backed off somewhat. Castellanos still swinging well but the hits have stopped. Avisail is going to go to Toledo. Maybe they are waiting for the Mariners to release Casper!!

lets not forget that real ballplayers like Dirks don’t just impact the game with their bat. I’d say about a third of the value of guy like dirks is his bat. I’d give Dirks the everyday nod unless someone steps up.

u won’t see that slide into 2nd that takes out the double play in the stats. nor hitting the cutoff man everytime.

Boesch playing LF and Dirks RF?

1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Brennan Boesch, LF

3. Victor Martinez, DH

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Andy Dirks, RF

6. Alex Avila, C

7. Jhonny Peralta, SS

8. Don Kelly, 3B

9. Jeff Kobernus, 2B

…smyly, Kyle Lobstein, Joaquin Benoit, Brayan Villarreal, Duane Below and Trevor Bell scheduled to pitch

Ven–yes, Boesch in left.

I keep reading that Santiago is a lock for the 25 man. I don’t get it. I know they owe him some dough but he is going to need to show he still belongs.

had a baaad year last year – but if he hits .260 this year…..he fits!

Boesch´s arm is wild but stronger than Dirks´

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