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Victor Martinez on track for May 4 return

Apr 26, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

Seven days after going on the disabled list with a strained right groin, Victor Martinez returned to the field Tuesday, playing catch and hitting without pain.

“I’m feeling great, man,” he said afterwards. “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.”

Martinez is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday, and it certainly appears as though he’ll be ready then.  Omir Santos, who has been backing up Alex Avila during Martinez’s absence, figures to be sent down to make room.

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