Victor Martinez Injury: Updates on Tigers Star's Side and Return

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Victor Martinez Injury: Updates on Tigers Star's Side and Return
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Updates from Friday, July 18

The Tigers' official Twitter feed reports that Martinez is back on Friday:

Matt Mowery of the Oakland Press notes how long the catcher had been out:

Updates from Monday, July 14

Victor Martinez spoke about his chances of returning to the lineup after the All-Star Break (via James Schmehl of MLive.com):

"There's a 95 percent chance that I'll be able to play when I get back," Martinez told a group of reporters at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis on Monday.

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"I'm to the point where I'm almost right there," he said.

For now, Martinez, who initially suffered the strain during an at-bat in Houston on June 29, is expected to rest the next few days. The Tigers don't want him to do any physical activity during the break and he's been instructed not to swing a bat.

"As much I'd love to be in the game, we still have a long way to go," Martinez said. "I have to get right. And have to get back in the lineup and help my team."

Updates from Saturday, July 5

The Tigers' official Twitter feed reports that Victor Martinez isn't in the lineup Saturday:

Matthew Mowery of The Oakland Press has more from manager Brad Ausmus:

Updates from Friday, July 4

The Tigers announced that Martinez left Friday's game:

MLB.com's Jason Beck had more detail on the injury:

Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press had Martinez's thoughts on his sore back:

Updates from Thursday, July 3

The Tigers confirmed Victor Martinez's return to the lineup:

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

The Tigers confirm Victor Martinez won't be in Wednesday's lineup:

Updates from Tuesday, July 1

The Detroit Tigers confirmed Victor Martinez's absence from today's lineup:

Original Text

Detroit Tigers fans' hearts likely skipped a beat when they heard that Victor Martinez would be out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics.    

According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, though, Martinez is only suffering from soreness in his side:

The Tigers are swapping out one Martinez for another, with J.D. stepping into the DH role for the time being:

Manager Brad Ausmus revealed that the decision was more precautionary so as not to have Martinez miss any more time than necessary, per Jason Beck of MLB.com:

The 35-year-old is one of the players the Tigers could least afford to lose for a long period of time. Heading into Monday, he was third in the American League in batting average (.323) and fourth in home runs (20). He's been exactly the kind of offensive threat who can ease the pressure on Miguel Cabrera and protect him in the lineup.

As long as Martinez isn't out for a prolonged period, the Tigers should be fine. Losing him for a game or two now won't have a huge impact on the team.

After that terrible start to June, Detroit has found its form again, winning eight of its last 10 games and building a 3.5-game lead over the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers look to be hitting their stride once again and have firmly positioned themselves as the best team in the AL Central.

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