“If they’re really thinking that he would do that on purpose, they’re playing the wrong sport.”
“It’s easy to judge from outside, but we’re trying to win ball games,” Victor Martinez said Thursday. “I think that was the best option.”
In 34 games before going on the disabled list, Martinez had a .216 batting average and a .308 on-base percentage.
The Tigers are currently on a five-game losing streak. With a 28-25 record, Detroit is third in its division, 3.5 games out of first place.
“I know it’s a good team,” manager Brad Ausmus said.
“Hopefully I can stick this time and show them that I can play,” Collins said before Tuesday’s game, in which he had a hit and a walk.
Designated hitter Victor Martinez did not want to go on the disabled list. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus overruled him Monday night.
Martinez had been battling soreness in the knee for some time. He underwent surgery on it before the season after tearing his meniscus.
In 18 games for the Tigers last season, Collins had a batting average of .250 and an on-base percentage of .280.
“We’re going to try and get this thing fixed or healed, hopefully, and still have the ability to play him,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.