Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 day ago

Martinez continues to struggle in his return from knee surgery and now sits with a slash line of .245/.371/.265. He has just one extra base hit in 16 games this season.

That .265 slugging percentage is delivering an OPS of just .636, which is lower than that of Alex Avila, who is hitting .189. He is clearly struggling to generate power through his hips and legs, and it's even more obvious when he tries to hit from the left side. Still, he's not exactly tearing the leather off the ball from either side, so you'd be wise to put him on the pine until you see signs of that glorious swing return.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 3 days ago

Martinez went 2-for-4 Saturday with three RBI.

He's off to a slow start due to his offseason knee surgery, hitting just .239 (11-for-46) with only one extra-base hit (a double) but at least on Saturday, Martinez was able to make his singles count.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

Martinez had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs for the Tigers on Sunday before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. But after the game, manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged Martinez is "certainly not 100%".

VMart is returning from knee surgery and the game was well in-hand by the seventh when he was lifted. Ausmus doesn't expect Martinez to miss any starts against righties any time soon. But expect the Tigers to be judicious in their use of him -- lifting him for pinch runners, giving him occasional rest -- at least in the short term. Better safe now than sorry later in the season.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

Martinez (knee) is in the starting lineup Sunday against the White Sox.

Martinez dealt with knee issues earlier in the week that kept him out of Friday's lineup, but he'll now draw the start on back-to-back outings. Expect regular maintenance days for the 36-year-old veteran moving forward, but Sunday won't be one of them. He'll bat cleanup against lefty Jose Quintana.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

Martinez (knee) is back in the starting lineup Saturday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

After missing four of the past five games with knee soreness, Martinez is back in the DH role and batting fourth for the Tigers in Saturday's game. Martinez has had a lot of success against White Sox lefty Chris Sale in previous meetings, going 15-for-29 with three home runs.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez will be available to pinch-hit in Friday's game against the White Sox, and he'll likely be back in the lineup Saturday, MLive.com's James Schmehl reports.

Martinez is out of the lineup for a second straight day while dealing with a seemingly minor knee issue. There hasn't been any indication that he'll miss an extended stretch of time, as he's still been able to work out and take batting practice.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox.

It was assumed that Martinez would return to the lineup Friday after being limited to bench duty while the Tigers played in Pittsburgh, so it comes as a surprise that he will not start. It's not clear if Martinez is out Friday due to injury, but he did tweak his knee last Saturday and may still be dealing with some soreness. Yoenis Cespedes will serve as the Tigers' DH Friday in Martinez's place.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.

The Tigers will not be afforded the luxury of the designated hitter while playing in Pittsburgh, so Martinez will get a day off Monday. While Martinez was able to play Sunday after tweaking his knee the day before, the day off will give him a little time to rest.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

As expected, Martinez (knee) is in the lineup Sunday against the Indians.

Martinez tweaked his surgically-repaired knee a bit during Saturday's game, and ended up being lifted in the seventh inning for a pinch runner. Later, manager Brad Ausmus attempted to downplay the issue, and Martinez's presence in Sunday afternoon's lineup confirms that it doesn't appear to be a major issue. The 36-year-old slugger will resume his regular role, batting fourth and serving as the designated hitter.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Martinez (leg) is expected to be back in the Tigers' lineup Sunday, MLive's Chris Iott reports. "I think he'll be fine," manager Brad Ausmus said. "As a matter of fact, I'd be surprised if he doesn't play (Sunday). It just kind of grabbed him on one swing. He really took a hellacious hack and it kind of grabbed him, but it calmed down pretty quickly and we don't think it's anything serious."

He felt a slight pinch in his surgically repaired right knee cap and then hit a single and was replaced with a pinch runner Saturday, but it does not sound like a major issue at this point. Perhaps more pressing is the fact that Martinez will get three days off when the Tigers travel to Pittsburgh for a series that starts Monday. This makes him a difficult play in weekly leagues, but it should also give him a chance to rest his knee.