Latest Update Victor Martinez likely to see time at first base, not catcher during interleague series in Arizona Sun Jul, 20, 11:44 AM
Boasts great run-producing ability, along with great plate discipline and power. He hits righties and lefties with equal proficiency. Can still catch on occasion, as well as play first base.
Flaws: : Injuries have forced him to DH mostly. His game-calling skills were never his strong suit. He also struggles to throw base-runners out with consistency while behind the plate.
Considering the relative frailty of V-Mart and the lingering side issue he's been dealing with lately, it makes sense to give him some light work at first instead of subjecting him to the rigors of catching. Miguel Cabrera can move over to third with Nick Castellanos either getting some time off or spelling Torii Hunter in right field.Analyst: Howard Bender
The Tigers never declared V-Mart's injury an oblique issue, so perhaps it was just a minor problem in his side. He had tried to come back just before the break but when he felt a pain, the Tigers immediately shut him down again. His .328 average with 21 home runs and 55 RBI were huge for Detroit in the first half, so you can understand their caution. Hard to see him duplicating those numbers but even if he comes close, the season was a huge success.Analyst: Howard Bender
Martinez has historically always been a great hitter given his .304 career average but nobody would have guessed that at the age of 35 he would be on pace to set a new career high in home runs. His previous high was 25 set back in 2007 but given that he has currently hit 21 that number should be easily surpassed. Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
It was wise for the Tigers to rest VMart prior to All-Star break. He should be back to full action once action resumes later this week.Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson