Victor Martinez (side) has returned to the Tigers starting lineup on Friday.
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
Robert Quinn is making progress from his back issue.
After missing Sunday's game, Quinn seems to be making steps toward's returning. Quinn is one of the game's elite pass rushers but has been slowed down by injuries all season long. Quinn is two years removed from a 19 sack season and the Rams are hoping he returns to that when he gets back on the field. Analysis: James Grande
Braves signed P Jim Johnson to a one-year deal.
After saving 50-plus games two consecutive years in Baltimore, Johnson has been a shell of that the past two seasons. He only has 12 saves combined over the past two seasons. He posted a 7.09 ERA in 2014 and a 4.46 ERA in 2015. The Braves are giving him one year to figure himself out or he'll likely have a hard time finding work. He can only hope his sinker starts sinking like it did in Baltimore. Analysis: James Grande