It would be wrong to say J.D. Martinez struggled through the first two months of 2016, but his .820 OPS was a level below the upper-.800 range he had shown over the previous the two seasons. When he hit at a 1.076 OPS clip for the first two weeks in June, it looked like everything was back on track until he ran into a wall in foul territory during a game in Kansas City and fractured his left elbow, forcing him to miss nearly two months. There were some concerns about his power upon return, but a dramatic eighth-inning home run against Chris Sale in his first at-bat back stomped that fear down. He got hits in each of his first five games back and 19 of 20 afterward. The bottom line was another 517 plate appearances that further solidify him as one of the game's premier power bats. He flirted with 40 homers back in 2015 before the power surge swept the league, and he remains a candidate to eclipse that mark in a full season.
Martinez (foot) sprained his lisfranc ligament and will be out 3-4 weeks, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. This is a tough blow for Martinez, who injured his foot making a diving catch in a recent Grapefruit League game. The 29-year-old will now head to the DL to start the season, with his return likely falling somewhere in mid-April. With his absence looming, JaCoby Jones and Steven Moya could possibly be short-term replacements in right field to start the season.
Martinez indicated that he's encouraged that he's been able to put weight on his sprained right foot, but fears he may not be ready for Opening Day, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Martinez suffered the injury after making a catch in Saturday's Grapefruit League game, but the Tigers have remained tight-lipped on the severity of the setback. An official timetable for Martinez's return should be available Friday, when he's set to undergo a weight-bearing stress CT scan in Charlotte. If the Tigers determine that Martinez will require a DL stint to begin the season, Steven Moya could be tasked with serving as his primary replacement in right field.
Martinez (foot) will undergo a stress CT scan in Charlotte on Friday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Martinez suffered a mid-foot sprain while making a catch in the outfield on Saturday, and while the X-rays came back negative, the Tigers are sending him for a second opinion on Friday. Manager Brad Ausmus remains optimistic that the outfielder avoided a worst-case injury, but more won't be known until the new test results are disclosed. If the 29-year-old is forced to open the season on the DL, look for a combination of Mikie Mahtook, JaCoby Jones and Steven Moya to make starts in his place.
The Tigers received MRI results on Martinez's sprained right foot, but won't disclose the details until the outfielder receives a second opinion from a specialist, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Martinez first suffered the mid-foot sprain while making a catch in the outfield during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. While X-rays on the foot have already come back negative, the Tigers aren't likely to issue an update on a potential return date until the results of the MRI are announced. With Opening Day still a little over two weeks away, Martinez will still have some time to heal up before the season begins, but if he's forced to hit the DL, some combination of Steven Moya, Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones would likely make starts in his stead.
Martinez (foot) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Martinez was an early exit from Saturday's exhibition matchup after he appeared to suffer a leg injury while playing the field, which was later classified as a right foot sprain. The Tigers aren't taking any chances with the 29-year-old outfielder, who has tallied 83 home runs over the last three seasons. Look for more information to follow once the results come in, but don't expect Martinez to return to a regular workload for at least a few days.