Following last night’s 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told reporters that the only way he would not be playing in game four of the ALCS is if he were to “wake up” dead. Martinez was alive this morning, and is still expecting to start for the Tigers this afternoon.
Martinez’s status is in question due to the injury he sustained in the 4th inning of last night’s contest. While hitting a game-tying home run, Martinez tweaked his side. Following the at bat, Martinez entered Detroit’s clubhouse for treatment. He was able to finish the game, and Martinez is hoping to join his teammates in Wednesday’s lineup.
Manager Jim Leyland has not yet posted the lineup, saying that Martinez and outfielder Delmon Young are still receiving treatment for their injuries. Young is dealing with a similar problem as Martinez, a strained oblique. The injury forced Young to miss Tuesday night’s game.
Detroit is already without outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who fractured his ankle in game one of the current series. After shutting down Ordonez for the season, the Tigers added Young to their playoff roster. Young was originally left off of the ALCS 25 man due to his oblique strain, but fought through the pain to rejoin the Tigers and play in game two.
While Martinez has struggled a bit during the postseason (.185/.333/.407), he is one of Detroit’s most potent offensive threats. Martinez would certainly be sorely missed, and Tigers fans are hoping he and Young are in the lineup as their club tries to even up the series this afternoon.
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