Tigers general manager Al Avila revealed that DH Victor Martinez had surgery in October for a sports hernia.
If the hernia hindered Martinez last season it wasn’t terribly apparent. He had a better first half than second half, but not drastically so. His worst month was July, he had an excellent August and then had a less-than-fantastic but by no means terrible September, so one has to assume it was a nagging thing more than anything. Avila characterized it as minor. For the entire season he hit .289/.351/.476 with 27 homers and 86 RBI.
Martinez is almost fully recovered but he may get eased into spring training activities out of an abundance of caution. He should be ready for the regular season.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.