Travis will undergo core muscle surgery on his left side next week, Detroit Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Wednesday. Travis is a 23-year-old second baseman who is listed by MLB.com as the team’s fourth-best prospect. He recently started working out and playing in center field with the idea that he might be able to help the Tigers in center in the long term.
This is truly a shame. I was looking forward to tracking Travis’ progress through the fall league, especially with his conversion to centerfield. There is no time table for his return, however he should be good to go sometime between the end of the Arizona Fall League and start of Spring Training, meaning he’ll likely see plenty of action in center come March.
En route to winning his first Player of the Month trophy, Martinez batted .350 (41-for-117) with five doubles, six home runs, 30 RBI and 20 runs scored, striking out just seven times in 117 at-bats over 31 games. The last Tiger to garner A.L. Player of the Month honors was Victor’s teammate, two-time Most Valuable Player and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, in August 2013. Among Major League hitters, the switch-hitting Martinez led in RBI, intentional walks (7) and times on base (61), and was tied for first with Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison and Minnesota rookie Danny Santana in hits. Amidst his A.L. mates with a minimum of 84 plate appearances, Victor was second in batting average, total bases (64), plate appearances per strikeout (19.71) and at-bats per RBI (3.90); was third in on-base percentage (.442); fourth in walks (19); sixth in slugging percentage (.547); and was tied for seventh in homers. The 35-year-old put together a pair of seven-game hitting streaks and tallied 14 multi-hit games over the month. In addition, Martinez has not gone hitless in back-to-back games since going without a hit in both ends of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians on July 19th.
No matter if the 2014 season officially ends on Sept. 28 or Oct. 28 for the Detroit Tigers, it will be a crime if the team doesn’t have a contract waiting for V-Mart’s John Hancock within 24 hours.
J.D. Martinez Rescues Detroit Tigers Again, Provides His Biggest Clutch Home Run of Year – Max DeMara, Tigers 101
After Martinez hit a similar home run in June to help beat the Kansas City Royals, all Detroit did was win 11 of their next 13 games, including a road sweep of Cleveland and the Oakland Athletics. Sometimes, how a player hits a home run can be as important as the hit itself.
Sadly, the Tigers followed up J.D. Mart’s heroics with a 7-0 thud last night, however they can still hold their heads up high by winning tonight and taking three of four in Cleveland.