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Victor Martinez scratched from lineup due to soreness in side

Jun 30, 2014, 7:01 PM EST

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The Tigers will be without Victor Martinez when they begin a three-game series against the Athletics tonight in Detroit. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Martinez is dealing with some soreness in his side and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus doesn’t want to risk making it worse.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus described the injury as soreness “kind of on his back, side area.”

“He didn’t want to come out,” Ausmus said, “but we can’t lose Vic for an extended period.”

Ausmus said Martinez looked OK during batting practice, so the move to remove him from the lineup appears to be precautionary.

“Today was the first time I heard about it,” Ausmus said. “He said he felt it a little bit yesterday and felt it again today, so I just decided it would be better to take him out.”

You usually hear this kind of talk in the early stages of an oblique injury, so it’s easy to understand why Ausmus is being cautious here. With “V-Mart” sidelined, J.D. Martinez will slide into the cleanup spot and serve as the designated hitter tonight.

Martinez has been one of the game’s best hitters this season, batting .323/.384/.589 with 2o home runs and 52 RBI over 78 games. While the 35-year-old was a little slow to get going after knee surgery last season, he has more hits than anyone in MLB (213) over the past calendar year.

  1. happytwinsfan - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    The proudly suffering Tiger limps home on bloodied paw, to learn that its most noble defender cannot rise to her defense, as she places her 19-19 home record on the very precipice of the slide down or the crawl up against the conquering hordes of Oakland City.

    Is there no GOD!!!

    • historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      You’re drunk, twinkie.

  2. historiophiliac - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Mart-Mart!

  3. paco53 - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    It is hard to believe that a Designated Hitter can get hurt. Most of the rigors of the game happen on defense unless you get hit by a pitch.

    That is why the DH is such a bogus position. Guys like Ortiz, Martinez, Haffner, Jim Thome, et. al, don’t belong in the game since they are so one dimensional.

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