Victor Martinez, who usually hits behind Miguel Cabrera, is getting a day off.
The Tigers lost outfielder J.D. Martinez to a back injury. The team announced he had lower back tightness and is day-to-day.
Martinez had recently been moved to the sixth spot because of struggles at the plate, but Ausmus said Martinez has turned a corner.
Martinez has been working with Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner to get himself back to form, and those efforts have made a difference.
Going into this week’s series, Martinez was 4-for-24 in the last six games, with a batting average of .167 and on-base percentage of .200.
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez will be signing autographs at Comerica Park on Monday, May 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The D Shop.
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Maybe Martinez’s production will take a dip at some point this season. For now, baseball’s most improbable budding star continues to shine.
“He’s right there with Miggy in terms of being able to drive the ball to right center,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the game.
J.D. Martinez of the Detroit Tigers has hit the first home run of the 2015 baseball season.