Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 Month

Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers lineup without missing a beat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a losing effort against the Indians.

V-Mart had been on the shelf since July 4 due to a variety of ailments including a strained oblique. The 35-year-old is enjoying a phenomenal season at the dish, slashing .330/.392/.598 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in his 91 games.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 1 Month

Victor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Martinez hasn't played since July 4 due to a strained oblique, but the Tigers waited it out and will get a couple extra games out of V-Mart than they would have had he been placed on the DL. V-Mart is sporting a robust .328/.391/.599 batting line with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games this season.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Victor Martinez (oblique) is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday.

Martinez has been sidelined with an oblique injury since July 4. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the designated hitter is doing better and should be ready to go for the club's first game after the All-Star break.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Victor Martinez (oblique) said that the way he felt Thursday "is by far the best in a while."

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that it's unlikely V-Mart returns before the All-Star break, but his improvement Thursday leaves the door open. Ultimately, the club figures to play it safe and rest their DH until next week.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Victor Martinez (side) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.

V-Mart hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. He appears unlikely to play again before the All-Star break.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday that Victor Martinez (side) is likely to sit out the remainder of the first half.

Martinez hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. The Tigers are hoping with a full two weeks off that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break. That means that V-Mart is likely to be replaced on the American League All-Star roster.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Victor Martinez (side) remained out of the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.

The Tigers are likely to hold Martinez out until the All-Star break at this point, hoping he'll be ready immediately at the start of the second half. He hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that the topic of Victor Martinez (side) going on the disabled list has "been broached but it's not really been considered."

The Tigers are trying to wait it out until the All-Star break, though they haven't ruled out V-Mart returning before then. If they make a retroactive DL move, Martinez wouldn't be eligible to return until the fourth game of the second half. J.D. Martinez is in the DH spot Tuesday.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Victor Martinez (side, back) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Tuesday.

Martinez hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with back soreness. He has also dealt with an injury to his side in recent days, so we wouldn't count on much from him this week.

Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 2 Months

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that they're taking things day-to-day with Victor Martinez, but could shut him down until after the All-Star break if "push comes to shove".

Martinez has been an absolute force at the plate this season, slashing .328/.391/.599 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games. He has been dealing with injuries to his side and back in recent weeks, and was also hit by a pitch in his knee during Friday's game.