Victor Martinez RUMORS & NEWS

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez back in catching gear

    Detroit News "Maybe not the absolute first. But one of the first things the Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez did after arriving at Joker Marchant Stadium was to put on his catching gear. With good reason. At some point, probably early in the season — and probably more than last year — Martinez..." February 14

  • Victor Martinez on Tigers: 'We'll see'

    ESPN.com "Victor Martinez seems unsure of his future with the Detroit Tigers after the 2014 season, saying he wants to stay but also realizing where he stands on the team's pecking order. "I want to stay here, yes," Martinez told reporters at the team's TigerFest. "But they have a lot going on. They have..." January 28

  • Victor Martinez not worried about batting order, just wants World Series ring

    Detroit Free Press "ictor Martinez wants a ring before he retires. He still thinks it is possible to win one with the Detroit Tigers. “We still have a great team,” Martinez said on Saturday at Comerica Park, where he took part in the annual TigerFest. “We still have a great shot to win a World Series. See what..." January 26

  • V-Mart fine after cramping up in ninth inning

    MLB.com "The Tigers couldn't grab a win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday against the Red Sox and they dodged a big blow to their lineup. Victor Martinez grabbed his left quad after hitting a one-out single in the ninth inning before gingerly walking off the field for a..." October 16

  • Leyland: Miguel Cabrera will DH, Victor Martinez will catch Thursday

    Detroit Free Press "In one sentence Jim Leyland said a mouthful. “It looks like on Thursday Martinez is going to catch and Miguel Cabrera will (be the) DH” the Tigers manager said at his pre-game news conference today. “I’m going to leave it at that.” Several weeks ago Leyland mentioned that he could make this..." September 18

  • Victor Martinez starting at catcher for first time in more than two years

    CBSSports.com "For the first time in 749 days Victor Martinez is starting a game behind the plate at catcher. The Tigers don't want to lose his bat as they open a weekend series on the road against the Mets in Citi Field an NL park with no DH. "I'm contemplating -- contemplating only -- catching him a game in..." August 23

  • Tigers won't reach full potential until Victor Martinez starts hitting

    Detroit News "Three weeks shy of the All-Star break, the Tigers sit comfortably in first place in the American League Central, 10 games over .500 after taking three of four from the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. They lead the majors in hitting and on-base percentage. They rank second in runs scored and run..." June 25

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez says he's ready for any role in NL park

    Detroit Free Press "With the designated hitter not in use in the National League, the Tigers will have Victor Martinez available as a pinch-hitter for the two games against the Nationals. “Just be ready for that AB,” Martinez said before Tuesday night’s game at Nationals Park was postponed by rain. “He can hit,..." May 08

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez heads to bench for series against Nationals

    Detroit News "Now, the Nationals. And now, there will be no Victor Martinez. Not in the starting lineup, anyway, as the Tigers move to Nationals Park for Tuesday-Wednesday games against a National League team that, because it is playing at home and observes league rules, won't be using the designated..." May 06

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez keeps working from the right and left

    Detroit Free Press "Victor Martinez is working hard. Both of him. Like all switch-hitters, Martinez is really two hitters: the right-handed hitter and the left-handed hitter. Both require constant maintenance. One can be cold and the other can be hot. Right now for Martinez, both are cold: Left-handed, he’s..." April 23

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez out with cut thumb, status is day-to-day

    Detroit News "Designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the lineup for the Tigers and is listed as day-to-day because he cut his right thumb on the bat rack. The cut, sustained on Sunday, required eight stitches. Andy Dirks was penciled into the Tigers' lineup as the designated hitter for the game on..." April 09

  • Torii Hunter to make debut; Victor Martinez ready for return

    Detroit Free Press "Some Opening Day perspectives on the Tigers' lineup for today: Austin Jackson, centerfielder. It's his fourth Opening Day in the majors -- and his fourth as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder. In both roles he succeeded Curtis Granderson. Torii Hunter, rightfielder. He makes his Tigers..." April 01

  • Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland won't rule out catching for Victor Martinez

    Michigan Live "Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't ruling it out. Victor Martinez will enter the season as the club's everyday designated hitter, but when interleague play rolls around, there's a "strong possibility" he could start at catcher. That's all Leyland is willing to consider right now. "Eventually,..." March 22

  • Victor Martinez’s return is another reason to believe in Tigers

    Sporting News "When tallying the reasons the Detroit Tigers are the overwhelming favorites to repeat as AL Central champions, you start with the presence of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. Then you can factor in the arrival of Torii Hunter and the return of Anibal Sanchez. And don’t forget the emergence..." March 06

  • Tigers over-under: How many games will Victor Martinez start at catcher?

    Michigan Live "Question: How many games will Victor Martinez start at catcher? James Schmehl: Martinez wants to catch this year. He worked out in catcher's gear in workouts and claims he'll be ready when called upon. My guess? That call won't come. Barring an emergency scenario, Martinez won't see playing..." March 06

  • Tigers' Leyland: 'Victor (Martinez) is not hurt'

    Detroit News "It was planned all along. That's Leyland said about Victor Martinez getting the extended amount of time out of the lineup that he's now getting. Three games and four days, in other words. Martinez — who missed all of 2012 because of left knee surgery but said as recently as Saturday that..." March 04

  • Despite grimace, absence from Tigers lineup, Victor Martinez insists he's fine

    Detroit News "His absence from the Tigers lineup for Saturday's and Sunday's games is ominous, but Victor Martinez insisted Saturday that all is well with his recovering left knee. "Everything's perfect," the Tigers designated hitter said Saturday morning in the Tigers clubhouse. Martinez was removed from..." March 03

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez raring to go after missing 2012 season

    Detroit Free Press "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..." March 03

  • Tigers know what was missing in 2012: Victor Martinez

    Detroit News "Not even Victor Martinez could have known what Victor Martinez and the Tigers were getting when a skilled hitter and a needy team were reunited ahead of spring camp. It wasn't blasphemy to wonder if the guy they call V-Mart might be creaky from a year layoff and a 34th birthday. Science tells..." February 25

  • Knee injury healed, Tigers' Victor Martinez continues strong camp

    Detroit Free Press "In his 1960 essay on Ted Williams, John Updike touched on how Williams always could hit after he'd had a long absence, either for military service or because of an injury: "... yet he always came back, and always looked like himself. The delicate mechanism of timing and power seemed locked,..." February 25

  • Tigers' closer question remains open; Victor Martinez matter appears to be settled

    Detroit Free Press "Bruce Rondon, a rookie trying to become the Tigers' closer, stood on the mound at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday in his first spring training game. Rondon already had walked one and hit the umpire on the leg with another pitch when Toronto catcher Josh Thole stepped into the batter's..." February 24

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez's 'nightmare' finally ends with Friday's opener

    Detroit News "Picture this: In his first at-bat on Friday against the Atlanta Braves, Victor Martinez hits a gapper. He's fine rounding first, fine heading into second and might even have a shot at third. What does he do? If you were a coach, for that matter, what would you do? Would you automatically stop..." February 22

  • Victor Martinez pleased with debut: 'I'm not even thinking about the knee'

    Michigan Live "It had been more than 16 months since Victor Martinez had last faced live pitching in a game situation. He said Friday afternoon that it felt like the first time. "I don't know how to explain it," Martinez said. "It was like I was just called up to the big leagues all over..." February 22

  • No restrictions on Tigers' Victor Martinez

    Detroit Free Press "Victor Martinez is due to bat for the Detroit Tigers on Friday for the first time in 496 days. The last time he did so was in the final game of the 2011 AL championship series in Texas. Three months later, in January of last year, Martinez tore up his knee while working out. He missed the..." February 21

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez pumped to play his first game in more than a year

    Detroit News "Victor Martinez is looking forward to it all. The 20-minute drive from his house outside of Orlando to the Braves' ballpark in Lake Buena Vista; putting on his uniform for the Tigers' first exhibition game — but most of all, playing in his first game of any kind in more than a year after a knee..." February 21

  • Barring setback, Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez on track to contribute right away this season

    Michigan Live "In 2011, the designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers hit .330 with 12 home runs, 103 RBIs and an .850 OPS. In 2012, the designated hitter for the Tigers hit .267 with 18 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .707 OPS. In 2013, the designated hitter for the Tigers is very likely to post numbers somewhere..." February 14

  • Is Victor Martinez ready?

    Bless You Boys "That January day when we learned of Victor Martinez's knee injury was a worrisome one. The Tigers were coming off their first Central Division title, and optimism about the upcoming season was easy to find. But when you take one of the best batters out of the middle of the lineup, there's a big..." February 14

  • Five Tigers players to keep an eye on this spring

    Detroit Free Press "Free Press special writer Jon Machota breaks down five players to watch in Lakeland: Victor Martinez A torn anterior cruciate ligament in Martinez's left knee forced the switch-hitter to miss last season. The 34-year-old DH is expected to bat fifth and protect Prince Fielder. The Tigers were..." February 10

  • Victor Martinez back in game mode

    Detroit News "Yes, Victor Martinez is swinging a bat. Impressively, in fact. "It doesn't look like he's lost anything," Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon said. "I see a lot of zip, a lot of pop in his swing." Is he running the bases? Yes. With no pain. "That was the last hurdle," Tigers..." February 09

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez draws raves on recovery

    Detroit News "Once they determined last summer that, no, Victor Martinez would not play for the Tigers in 2012, strategies shifted. The focus became 2013. A slower, steadier rehabilitation program began, designed to heal a switch-hitter's left knee that had been shredded during a workout last..." January 11

  • Detroit Tigers pumped for Victor Martinez's return

    Detroit News "Fans could be excused for sometimes forgetting about Victor Martinez, so long ago was it that Martinez last swung a bat in a Tigers game. It has been 13 months, a long time in baseball, and longer yet for a man who turns 34 in seven weeks and whose baseball career is at least approaching early..." November 05

  • Tigers make it official: Victor Martinez won't return in 2012

    Detroit News "The time that was running out on Victor Martinez has run out. He definitely won't play for the Tigers this season — or in the postseason if they get there. The Tigers made that announcement on Friday. His left leg where he suffered a torn ACL simply isn't strong enough. "If he tried,"..." August 18

  • Detroit Tigers are 'not counting' on Victor Martinez playing this season

    Michigan Live "There's still a chance designated hitter Victor Martinez could return this season. But, it's pretty much a long shot at this point. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Tuesday the Detroit Tigers don't expect Martinez to play before the end of the season. "We're not counting on..." August 01

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez won't play until late September, if at all in 2012

    Detroit News "Victor Martinez won't be playing for the Tigers in August. Martinez probably won't be back for all of September, either. After an MRI on his left knee, the one he hurt in the offseason, the best case for Martinez would be for a mid-to-late September return, Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said..." June 29

  • Tigers will learn more Thursday about Victor Martinez's recovery

    Detroit News "Will he be back in August? Will it be September? Or not at all this season? The next step in the recovery from left knee surgery for designated hitter Victor Martinez takes place today when he undergoes an MRI to determine the extent of his progress. This is not, however, an MRI dictated by..." June 28

  • Victor Martinez could provide big lift to Tigers' grim DH performance

    Detroit News "Fortunately for the Tigers, the best midseason acquisition may not cost any prospects. He wouldn't cost any additional money, either. All he'd cost is time. Victor Martinez is desperately needed back in a lineup that can't score runs with any consistency and a locker room that lacks —..." June 26

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez says knee is getting better

    Detroit News "He wasn't the man in the middle. Victor Martinez's left knee is steadily improving, but not that much. He is agile enough, however — and felt good enough on his second visit to see his teammates — to have been on the catching end of a rundown game featuring Prince Fielder's two young sons in..." June 06

  • Tigers miss hitting and leadership of Victor Martinez

    Detroit News "He would sit in front of his locker and talk softly with one or more of the Tigers players. All of them. The elders, the rookies, they seemed always to stop by, to check in, to seek their moment with that quiet, regal man whose face appeared never to change expression. Victor Martinez was the..." May 16

  • Detroit Tigers say Victor Martinez's return uncertain after nixed knee surgery

    Detroit Free Press "The Tigers announced today that designated hitter Victor Martinez didn't have reconstructive knee surgery as scheduled last week because his doctor determined it wasn't necessary. Based on a statement issued by the club, it won't be clear until at least July if Martinez will have any chance of..." April 11

  • Martinez scheduled for second knee surgery

    MLB.com "While the city was welcoming Prince Fielder back home Thursday for Opening Day, the man whose injury led to Fielder's return was waiting for the next step in his road back. The Tigers were awaiting an update Thursday from doctors on Victor Martinez, who was scheduled to have his second and..." April 05

  • Victor Martinez has first surgery on knee

    Detroit News "One surgery down, one to go. Or to put it another way: Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez suffered much more than a torn left ACL two weeks ago when he slipped during a conditioning drill. He suffered so much damage, in fact, the repairs have to be done in two stages. To get a head..." January 31

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez undergoes knee surgery

    Detroit News "Victor Martinez's left knee was so damaged, so torn up in his conditioning mishap earlier this month, it is requiring multiple surgeries to repair it. Martinez, the Tigers designated hitter/catcher, underwent microfracture surgery, as well as repairs to both the medial and lateral meniscus in..." January 30

  • Dombrowski: Resilient Tigers will be OK without Victor Martinez

    Detroit Free Press "Dave Dombrowski was somber when he spoke to the media Tuesday about Victor Martinez's knee injury. The Tigers general manager had learned the day before that Martinez likely would miss the season. "A sock in the gut," Dombrowski called it. By Friday, Dombrowski had regained his public vigor and..." January 21

  • Tigers save seat for DH as caravan gets rolling

    Detroit Free Press "The vehicles of the Tigers' caravan will roll from Comerica Park early this afternoon. Vladimir Guerrero won't be in any of them unless something remarkable and unexpected happens at the last minute. But it's still the first minute, not the last minute, in the Tigers' time frame to secure a..." January 19

  • Tigers' Dave Dombrowski will wait for right deal to replace Victor Martinez

    Detroit News "This time, a Tigers front-office chief known for acting rapidly, and sometimes dramatically, will take his time figuring out how to replace a roster void as immense as the one created by Victor Martinez's wrecked knee. Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday he and the Tigers could wait until deep into..." January 19

  • Tigers suffer 'hit in the gut' with Victor Martinez likely out for season

    Detroit News "How do you replace a .330 hitter such as Victor Martinez? The answer is you don't. Not easily, anyway. But as of Tuesday, when it became known that Martinez might have to sit out the entire 2012 season, the pace of phone calls picked up to Tigers' president and general manager Dave..." January 18

  • Loss of Victor Martinez a crisis for Tigers, but there are solutions

    Detroit News "Voices reveal everything. They tell you, for example, if a person is lying. They unveil hope, resignation, resolve, mistrust — you name the emotion or the disposition and a person's voice is a dead giveaway. Dave Dombrowski's voice during a Tuesday conference had the tone of a man who had..." January 18

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez likely out for season with torn ACL

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers today announced that designated hitter Victor Martinez tore the ACL in his left knee during off-season conditioning last week and likely will miss the 2012 season. Martinez will be re-evaluated by Dr. Richard Stedman next week and surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left..." January 17

  • Blasts by Martinez, Peralta and Cabrera power Tigers right back into ALCS

    Detroit News "The Tigers were running out of swings and chances, running low on time. Someone had to do something, preferably with a big bat in his hands. The someones arrived in time and on cue, and did what they do. Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera felt it — the aches, the pressure — and then they..." October 12

  • Baseball is a family affair for Victor Martinez

    Detroit News "If you didn't know better, you'd think Miguel Cabrera was talking about one of his teammates. A veteran utility player, perhaps, or maybe a promising young rookie. "He brings a lot of energy to the clubhouse," Cabrera said, breaking into a big grin as his eyes lit up. "He loves to play the game..." October 10