V-Mart on weekend return: “I don’t see it happening”
The news out of the Tigers clubhouse on Victor Martinez’s back injury wasn’t a worst-case scenario, but for the short term, it wasn’t OK, either. At the very least, Martinez is out for Saturday’s showdown between Chris Archer and Anibal Sanchez. He didn’t sound particularly optmistic about Sunday night’s series finale against David Price, either.
“I don’t know,” Martinez said. “The way I’m feeling right now, I don’t see it happening.”
That might not be a bad thing. With an off-day Monday, Martinez could take three days of rest before returning for Tuesday’s series opener against the Dodgers.
The Alex Cobb pitch Martinez took off the back of his right leg had nothing to do with it, Martinez said. His leg was fine, even though he looked like he was hobbling around the bases on his way home that inning.
The aggravation, Martinez said, took place on his RBI single his next time up in the sixth inning. It was a similar swing last Sunday in Houston that tweaked his back in the first place.
“One swing,” he said. “That’s all it takes.”
Martinez said the soreness is on his right side, not his left as previously reported. It’s a similar injury to one he dealt with during the 2011 postseason, though his aching knee was a better-known problem at the time since he had limited him to DH duties instead of catching once in a while.
Asked his level of concern, Martinez said, “This is nothing major. I need time to get back like I used to. It’s just a matter of time.”