Detroit Tigers — as of April 16, 2017

2017/04/18

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     Andrew Romine, OF, 2B: April 16 (Rotoworld) – Andrew Romine is getting a fair bit of work as the Tigers’ fourth OF. He’s started 5 games in the OF – usually in CF, in place of Jacoby Jones – plus 1 game at 2B.

     Tyler Collins, OF: April 16 (Rotoworld) – Although Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook started the year sharing RF in J.D. Martinez’s absence, Collins seems to have taken over the top spot. He’s started 8 of the team’s 12 games, including the last 5 in a row and has gotten all the starts against RHP.

     Mikie Mahtook, OF: April 16 (Rotoworld) – Mahtook appears to be falling into a LHP platoon role behind Tyler Collins in RF during J.D. Martinez’s stint on the DL. He’s started only 4 of the team’s 12 games – all against LHP – and hasn’t been in the starting lineup since April 11.

     Justin Upton, OF: April 16 (Rotoworld) – In the absence of J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton has been tabbed to slip into his #5 slot in the Batting Order. Martinez will probably take back the spot when he returns to action around the end of April but it will be interesting to see if Upton just moves down to the #6 spot or switches up with Nick Castellanos to move to the #2 spot.

Down:

No one.

In:

No one.

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     J.D. Martinez, OF: Mar 18 – 2:47 PM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez left the Tigers’ Grapefruit League game on Saturday, March 18, with a right ankle injury.

Martinez hurt himself making a shoestring catch in right field for the last out of the first inning. He was helped off by a trainer and was noticeably favoring his right leg as he made his way off the field. Martinez was later seen sporting crutches but said he was feeling better.

     Mar 18 – 3:21 PM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain.

The injury is to his right foot. He was seen on crutches a short time later but his X-rays came back negative.

     Mar 24 – 4:13 PM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez will be shut down for 3-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.

Martinez doesn’t need surgery but he’ll be in a cast for 7-10 days and won’t be ready for baseball activities again until well into April. It will obviously be quite a while after that before he’s ready to play in a major league game. Steven Moya is likely to handle right field while Martinez is on the shelf.

     Mar 31 – 11:02 AM (Rotoworld) — Tigers placed OF J.D. Martinez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a right mid-foot sprain.

Martinez is expected to be sidelined until at least sometime in May due to a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot. Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook are in line to share right field in Detroit while Martinez is on the shelf.

     Apr 4 – 11:30 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez had the cast removed from his right foot on Monday, April 3.

Martinez, who is coming back from a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his foot, also went through some physical therapy on Monday. The expectation was that the Tigers would know more about a potential timetable after having the cast removed so we should hear something soon. The Tigers previously indicated that he’ll be shut down through at least mid-April.

     Apr 8 – 10:36 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez (foot) began taking swings on Friday, April 7, and is progressing well in his recovery according to Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus.

While he’s still several weeks away from a potential return to game action, it’s encouraging that he’s making progress in his recovery. Barring any setbacks, Martinez could be looking at a return in early May.

     Apr 11 – 10:32 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez (foot) took batting practice on Monday, April 10.

Martinez is making encouraging strides from the sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot. It’s unclear when he’ll be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment but he’s said to be ahead of schedule.

     Apr 12 – 10:47 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez is scheduled to face live pitching today in Lakeland, Florida, for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot.

If all goes well, Martinez could join the Tigers next week in Tampa for rounds of pre-game batting practice. A minor league rehab assignment could then follow. The 29-year-old outfielder is currently on track to make his 2017 regular-season debut sometime in early May.

     Apr 13 – 11:21 AM (MLB Network Radio/Rotoworld) – Tigers’ GM Al Avila said that J.D. Martinez (foot) “should be playing in games in the next few days.”

“He’s not too far away from coming back,” added the general manager. Martinez faced live pitching on Wednesday, April 12, in Lakeland, Florida, for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot and apparently looked strong. The real test will be running the bases and tracking down balls in the outfield but Martinez can DH in his first several minor league rehab games. The 29-year-old right fielder is on track to join the Tigers’ active roster in late April or early May.

     Bruce Rondon, RP: Apr 10 – 10:19 AM (Rotoworld) — Tigers optioned RHP Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo.

Rondon gave up three runs in back-to-back appearances over the weekend and the Tigers have expressed concerns about his conditioning. He’ll try to work his way back into the team’s good graces.

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