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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias

By on 7/15/2014 08:45:00 AM

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was pulled from a game July 4 after aggravating his right side and has not appeared since. On Sunday, Martinez took his first swings, according to Jason Beck of, and on Monday the slugger said, "There’s like a 95 percent [chance] that I’m going to be able to play when I get back on Friday [against the Cleveland Indians].” Beck also reports that agent Scott Boras said shortstop Jose Iglesias, who is out for the year to allow stress fractures in his shins to heal, is doing well and will get a final X-ray in a month. Once fully healed, the injury should not recur.

Martinez is hitting .328/.391/.599 (OPS+ 166) with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games for the Tigers. He was named to the 2014 All-Star Game but is in Minneapolis only "as a fan and a dad, taking pictures of his kids with the All-Stars."

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Martinez had surgery on his left knee in January 2012, costing him the entire 2012 season. He returned in 2013 to play 159 games and hit .301/.355/.430. A five-time All-Star, the 35-year-old Martinez is a career .304/.370/.472 hitter in twelve years with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and Tigers. In 36 postseason games (151 PAs), Martinez slashed  .314/.377/.482 with 5 homers and 19 RBI. Although he has yet to reach the World Series, the 2014 Tigers have a good chance at it.

Signed as a catcher in 1996 by the Cleveland Indians out of Venezuela, Martinez made his debut September 10, 2002. In July 2009, when he was in his final year before free agency, the Indians traded him to the Red Sox for Bryan Price (minors), Nick Hagadone and Justin Masterson. In November 2010, the free agent inked a four-year $50 million contract with the Tigers that takes him through the 2014 season.

Jose Iglesias burst onto the scene May 8, 2011 at age 21, after the Boston Red Sox signed him in 2009 out of Cuba. In 2013, his first full year, Iglesias slashed .303/.349/.386 while electrifying fans with his defense, and was runner up AL Rookie of the Year to Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays.The Red Sox, however, already had a shortstop (Stephen Drew) and were in need of pitching for their pennant run, so they traded him as part of a three-team deal in July 2013 with the Tigers and White Sox, wherein Iglesias went to the Tigers and the Red Sox received Jake Peavy from the White Sox. Iglesias, now 24, is pre-arb and under team control through 2018.

With regard to the injury, Boras was asked why the condition became so severe.
You don’t really how these things go. This began, really, in Boston. And when you get shin splints or something like that, you don’t know the severity of it, and sometimes you don’t know what medication to give until you really know the severity of the condition. So in this situation, once that was diagnosed, they knew what to do. But it involved both shins. That part of it, especially for an athlete that is as [mobile].
He is not a sit-still player. He’s moving around, he’s a very aggressive defensive player. That part of it was just something he couldn’t get resolved, and it just took time. Once you have the injury, those layers of bone get inflamed, and you just have to take a good amount of time for it to heal.
Trade details: the Detroit Tigers sent Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox. The Detroit Tigers sent Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago White Sox sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox sent Francellis Montas (minors), Cleuluis Rondon (minors) and Jeffrey Wendelken (minors) to the Chicago White Sox.)

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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