Martinez is not starting Sunday against Cleveland. Martinez has just two weeks left in his major-league career after announcing his retirement Saturday. Nick Castellanos will be the Tigers' designated hitter Sunday, with Mikie Mahtook starting in right field.
Martinez announced Saturday that he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Martinez has been limited to designated hitter duties for essentially all of the last four seasons and has started to show his age with a .671 OPS and only 19 home runs in 234 games over the last two years. The 39-year-old served as the Indians' catcher starting in 2004, but has primarily been a DH since joining the Tigers in 2011. Martinez also had a brief tenure with the Red Sox, and currently has a .295/.360/.455 slash line with 246 home runs and 1,177 RBI over his 16-year career.
Martinez is not in the lineup against Houston on Wednesday, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. Martinez heads to the bench after starting seven of Detroit's past eight contests as Nick Castellanos gets a little breather serving as the club's DH for the series finale. Across 126 games this year, Martinez has hit .247/.295/.348 with nine home runs and 52 RBI.
Martinez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The veteran started the past five games but went hitless in his past two, lowering his season batting average to .249 in the process. Martinez will retreat to the bench for a day off after that showing, allowing Nick Castellanos to replace him at designated hitter and Jim Adduci to enter the lineup to fill the gap.
Martinez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the White Sox. Martinez has been showcasing some power lately, as the veteran now has three home runs over his last four games. Martinez has had a down year overall with a disappointing .655 OPS, but he could be set for a strong final month before he retires after the season.
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