Detroit Tigers fans will see a team without Victor Martinez for the time being as the designated hitter has been placed on the disabled list. JaCoby Jones takes his roster spot.
Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is heading to the disabled list.
Martinez, who is hitting .255 with a .697 OPS in 107 games, has also collected 47 RBI, 16 doubles and 10 home runs.
His wRC+ sits at 85, while his on-base percentage is at .324. The veteran also owns a .117 ISO and a .303 wOBA.
Detroit announced the move to place Martinez on the disabled list in a tweet on the team’s official Twitter account Sunday morning.
The Tigers tweeted the following:
"“The #Tigers today have placed DH Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat.”"
This is Martinez’ second time on the disabled list this season due to an irregular heartbeat.
In a second tweet, Detroit announced the move to bring JaCoby Jones back up to take the veteran’s place on the roster.
"“In a corresponding move, the #Tigers have recalled OF JaCoby Jones from Triple A Toledo.”"
Jones was just with the team for the recent stretch of games that included series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.
In that span he logged 11 plate appearances, collecting three hits, two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
Overall, Jones has seen 68 total plate appearances with Detroit in 2017.
He’s hitting .167 with a .265 on-base percentage, a .267 slugging percentage, a .243 wOBA, a .100 ISO and a 44 wRC+.
If the 25-year-old can hit more, he has a chance to be a constant contributor to the Tigers.
Jones has raw power and speed, and can impact the game in a number of ways.
He’s already providing value on the base paths and in the field in small sample sizes. The center fielder is already eighth on the team in BsR with a 0.4 number.
The rookie is also fourth on the team in defensive runs saved with a +6 stat. He’s also sporting a 29.2 UZR/150 in center field.
Moving forward, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jones see more action in the outfield down the stretch.
Giving Jones some extended run in the outfield would certainly make sense ahead of next season to determine what role he’ll play in the team’s future.