The Toledo Mud Hens have had a star-studded lineup through the season’s first few months with Justin Verlander and Bruce Rondon trying to get back into big league shape down on the farm, now they will see Victor Martinez added to the lineup for a string of games.
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The Detroit Tigers announced on Saturday that V-Mart would being a four-game stint in Toledo beginning Sunday. At the end of that period the 36-year-old designated hitter would be reevaluated. If all goes well, he will rejoin the big league club next weekend in New York for the series with the Yankees.
Detroit officials have been raving about Martinez’s rehab efforts saying he has run better than they have seen him all year and were amazed at the home runs he had been hitting in batting practice. Now they will be able to see if these two aspects can be incorporated into game action.
Victor had knee surgery late in the off-season and missed the first three weeks of Spring Training before slowly coming back. He had struggled to be at full strength for much of the season before hitting the DL on May 19.
Sadly for Mud Hens’ fans, they will likely not get a chance to see Martinez in action. Sunday afternoon finds Toledo visiting Pawtucket. Following the game the team will head 308 miles to the west to Syracuse for a three-game series.
Facing a four+ hour bus ride, the Detroit Tigers offered to fly Victor to the destination, but he instead chose to drive with the team.
Good on him.
Every Tigers’ fan will hope that Victor Martinez is healthy and ready to contribute again this season. The team needs him if they have legitimate playoff aspirations.