It is dark when Victor Martinez arrives at Joker Marchant Stadium every morning. And quiet -- not too many major leaguers enter the clubhouse at 6 a.m. this time of the year.
There is a reason Martinez's swing has looked smooth and powerful this spring training -- a year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament. It begins here, in the Tigers' clubhouse, with a cup of coffee and a change into workout clothes.
Few players follow a plan like Martinez. He's up at 4:30 a.m., on the road at 5 for the hour-long commute to Lakeland -- his brother drives while he catches a few more z's -- clubhouse at 6 a.m., stretching, weights, motion exercises, batting cage and video, where he searches for revealing patterns in a pitcher he might face or where he studies his swing, stance, balance and hands.
"The resources are out there," Martinez said matter-of-factly. "It's up to us to use them."
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