Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
6 days ago

Martinez has struggled in July, hitting just .156 (10-for-64) with a slash line of .156/.236/.313 heading into Saturday's game.

EDGE Analysis

VMart has three home runs this month, but two were hit on July 1. In fact, that day was his most recent multi-hit game. Martinez is in the line-up to hit and only hit, but this slump has made him a liability in the clean-up role. Slumps can be expected, but he's well past 30 with a history of serious injuries. There's still gas in the proverbial tank, but right now, you should let him pick up a few splinters on your bench while you wait this out.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
3 weeks ago

Martinez went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Saturday at the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez's 17th blast of the year broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning, and ended up being the winning run for the Tigers. He's only collected seven hits in 34 at-bats this month, and he's now slashing .309/.357/.521 on the season.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez went 2-for-5 with a pair of three-run homers Friday at the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez's fifteenth blast of the year extended the Tigers' lead to seven runs in the seventh inning, and his second bomb of the night put some extra icing on the cake in a blowout win. He's now hit safely in each of his last five games, and he's slashing .324/.369/.543 on the season.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

It was the first time he'd gone yard since his three-homer game on June 16, and Martinez now has 14 homers on the season. More distressingly, he didn't have a single RBI in the nine games between power outbursts. With J.D. Martinez (elbow) potentially out until August, the Tigers will need more consistent production from their DH.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez (knee) hasn't played first base since June 1 and Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus says he is "going to be more cautious with him, period" to get his slugger through the season, reports the Detroit Free Press.

EDGE Analysis

VMart had been dealing with right knee soreness for almost a month before getting a cortisone shot a week-and-a-half ago. He's been DHing and had also been seeing time at first, but the reality is that the Tigers play with fire every time they put him in the field. Martinez has had two major left knee surgeries in his career and missed time in spring training with a hamstring injury. He has started just five games at first and may not even see time there in interleague play. "I think it will clear up somewhat (in the off-season), but probably for the rest of his career, you're going to have to take it more cautious in terms of playing time," continued Ausmus.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has served as the DH in seven straight contests, posting a .837 OPS over that stretch. He'll take a seat Thursday afternoon, allowing Miguel Cabrera to serve as the DH while Jarrod Saltalamacchia mans first base.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez (knee) homered in his first two plate appearances Thursday and finished 3-for-5 with three home runs and three RBI against Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

VMart had just two hits in his previous 18 at-bats and had been out of the starting lineup for three straight games because of knee pain. But a recent cortisone shot clearly did the trick -- Thursday was just the second time in his career that he put three balls into the bleachers in the same game. Savour Thursday -- Martinez's performance was almost historic. He won't repeat it any time soon, but he does look like he's back on track, so he should be back in your lineup.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has been out with a knee injury for the past couple of days, but did pinch hit against the White Sox on Wednesday. He will bat in the cleanup position as the Tigers' DH against Danny Duffy and the Royals. This will be Martinez' first start since June 12.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez (knee) recently had a cortisone shot for the pain, reports MLive.com. He was out of the starting lineup Wednesday for the third-straight game.

EDGE Analysis

"His issue ... is running the bases. When he hits the bag and things of that nature," said General Manager Al Avila on Wednesday. Martinez should be back in the lineup Thursday as DH, but that knee issue is a concern. He missed significant time last season because of torn meniscus and he never really got back into a groove upon his return. In fact, VMart's post-injury numbers in 2015 were abysmal. He's been excellent to this point in the season, so we hope this knee issue is just a minor blip.

Victor Martinez
1B/DH DET
1 month ago

Martinez (knee) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

It's the third straight game Martinez will be on the bench, though he drew into Monday's contest and worked a walk as a pinch-hitter. Justin Upton will get a turn as the team's designated hitter Wednesday, while Mike Aviles will get the start in left field against lefty Chris Sale.