Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 10 hours ago

Martinez (knee) may not return until after the All-Star break, according to Lynn G. Henning of The Detroit News.

This doesn't sound like anything more than a rough estimate, but the Tigers still haven't provided a timetable as Martinez rehabs on his own in Orlando, and there's little question that he'll miss at least a couple more weeks. A cautious approach makes sense, after Martinez struggled to bounce back from offseason knee surgery, ultimately landing on the disabled list due to continued discomfort.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 5 days ago

Martinez (knee) has been rehabbing in Orlando with the same therapist who supported his return after his February surgery, reports MLive.com.

Martinez lives in Orlando in the offseason and clearly has a comfort level with that rehab professional. There is no timetable yet for his return.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

The Tigers placed Martinez (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Martinez tweaked his knee in Monday's loss to the Brewers, so the Tigers decided to give him at least two weeks to rest and recover. It's not clear exactly how long Martinez will be sidelined, but with the Tigers calling up outfielder Tyler Collins to take his place on the roster, it seems likely J.D. Martinez will see plenty of action as the designated hitter in Martinez's absence.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez (knee) may be placed on the disabled list Tuesday, MLive.com reports.

The Tigers are calling up Tyler Collins from Triple-A Toledo, with a move to put Martinez on the disabled list the most likely corresponding transaction. Martinez has struggled from the left side of the plate all season, and he felt a pinch in his surgically-repaired left knee during Monday's game against the Brewers. A few weeks off might do him some good, as he clearly hasn't been his usual self this season. Rajai Davis would likely benefit most from extra at-bats in Martinez's absence.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez indicated he felt a pinch while trying to avoid a double play in the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Brewers, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Martinez said the pinch was the same one he felt earlier in the season, causing him to miss a few games earlier in the season. It wouldn't be surprising if he gets at least Tuesday off, but it's something to watch over the next few days.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez will continue to bat left-handed against right-handed pitching, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

Martinez is batting a dismal .148 against righties this season, as the switch-hitter has struggled to adjust from the left side of the plate after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Despite the struggles, don't expect V-Mart to bat exclusively right-handed any time soon, as it's highly unlikely the team will force the veteran to do so.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers.

Martinez has not started a game since last Wednesday due to a slump, an illness and the Tigers playing in a National League park, but he will return to action Monday. As he usually does when he starts, Martinez will serve as the designated hitter and hit cleanup Monday night.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez (illness) is available to pinch-hit Sunday and is expected to return to the starting lineup Monday, MLive.com reports. "He'll hit today," Ausmus said. "He's available to me today. But again, it would probably have to be the exact right situation to get him in there."

Martinez was held out of the last three games by design. In addition to his illness, Martinez has struggled from the left side of the plate this season, and some have attributed his struggles to the fact that he had offseason surgery on his left knee. The days off were in many ways as much for Martinez's knee as it was his illness. There's no guarantee he pinch-hits Sunday, but it looks like a good bet he's back in the lineup Monday.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez (illness) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

Martinez will finish the series without having logged a single start, a development that wasn't entirely unexpected with no designated hitter available in St. Louis. It's not clear if he's still feeling the effects of an illness, as he wasn't even been used as a pinch-hitter Friday or Saturday, but there's still a decent possibility that he'll be back in the lineup Monday, when the Tigers return home to face the Brewers.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez (illness) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Still dealing with an illness and not completely necessary as a DH while visiting the National League, Martinez isn't going to risk much this weekend. There was a small chance he could spell Miguel Cabrera at first for a game, but that's looking unlikely. Look for him to come back when the Tigers return to their own park Monday.