V-Mart to DL, Collins recalled from Toledo (updated)

The Tigers didn’t waste time with their other options regarding Victor Martinez. The team placed their All-Star designated hitter on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation Tuesday afternoon and recalled outfielder Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo.

The move comes on the heels of a postgame meeting Monday night between manager Brad Ausmus, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski and other top Tigers officials to discuss Martinez, who went 0-for-4 with no balls hit out of the infield Monday night after resting his left knee for the better part of four games. Martinez also seemed to tweak his knee when he took a hard step on first base trying to beat out an eighth-inning double play.

“From the looks of things, I think we’re going to have to at least talk about other options,” Ausmus said in his postgame press conference before the meeting. “But we’ll do that privately.”

The Tigers have operated for a month and a half under the belief that a DL stint would do little to improve Martinez’s left knee, which underwent surgery in February to trim part of the meniscus that had torn during offseason workouts. His continued struggles, however, forced them to reconsider, starting with last week’s four-day break from the starting lineup.

While Martinez said he felt a difference running on Monday, a sentiment echoed by Ausmus, the difference meant little with the bat. The switch-hitting Martinez fell to 12-for-85 batting left-handed with Monday’s performance, after which he reiterated that he doesn’t feel comfortable enough batting right-handed against right-handed pitchers.

That leaves Martinez likely facing a longer stint than the minimum 15 days, involving more rehab than rest. At this point, however, the Tigers couldn’t go on longer with the struggles. Last year’s AL MVP runner-up is batting .216 (24-for-111) with three doubles, a home run and 15 RBIs.

The Tigers have several left-handed hitters available at Toledo, but Collins has the most Major League experience. The left-handed hitter, who turns 25 on June 6, hit .248 (28-for-113) for the Mud Hens with six doubles, no home runs, nine RBIs 15 walks, 24 strikeouts and a .639 OPS. He’s 10-for-48 with five walks and 14 strikeouts in May. Collins has fared much better against right-handers, batting .316 (24-for-76) with all of six of his doubles, 14 walks, 13 strikeouts and an .825 OPS.

If the Tigers set up a platoon with Rajai Davis, those splits would play. Fellow Mud Hens outfielder Daniel Fields actually has stronger numbers off righties, batting .321 (25-for-78) with three doubles, two homers and a 1.032 OPS, but also has 28 strikeouts against righties to go with 20 walks.

Still, Collins is not guaranteed regular playing time. The Tigers have turned to Davis against right-handers frequently, including everyday play in stretches last season, and could do so again. Even so, Collins at least gives the Tigers an impact bat on the bench that they’ve frequently lacked.

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Collins has MLB experience, for what it’s worth, it’s not much to speak of. He has been unable to tap into any power at all–zero, this year for Toledo. And power is what is needed. Someone mentioned Dean Green and that would be a sensible option as he is actually crushing the ball and used to DHing. But-he is not on the 40 man roster and management is reluctant to toy with that.
Let’s hope Collins’ bat was an anomaly in Toledo, maybe he was affected by being sent down and can get stoked up by being in the bigs.

They have one spot but better keep it for later

You are right. I always said the same thing. Now he should hold him out till ( after the All-Star break ) if not longer. Cause they are going to need him down the streatch.

thank gawd we signed Vmart! thank gawd our manager allowed him to get back to the game so soon too!

It’s always done in private, isn’t it? Then they make an announcement. If I was them, I’d have another MRI done on Victor’s left knee.

They out to have a portable MRI and do one of Ausmus’ head around the 7th inning of every game.

“Now it’s time for the Manager head scan of the game brought to you by The Law Offices of Scam Bernstein.”

Interesting that Illitch was in on things yesterday. Perhaps very interesting.

the only way to fix a bad FA signing? Double down!! Welcome to Detroit, R. Soriano!

Well I guess we know who we’re going to “pick up” at the trade deadline now: the best darn DH in the game today, Vmart!

Do you mean Alfonzo,he is retired

thanks EL T, that’s a good one. No the R. Soriano reliever http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/soriara01.shtml

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