Tigers’ outfielder J.D. Martinez left Saturday’s spring training game against the Marlins with a mid right foot sprain, per a report from MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Martinez caught a fly ball from Tyler Moore to end the first inning, but rolled his foot when he tried to stop in the middle of a slide to make a shoestring catch instead. He was seen limping toward the clubhouse between innings and returned to the park on crutches.
Thankfully for Martinez, the preliminary X-rays came back negative and it doesn’t look like he’s suffered any major injury. The Tigers have yet to disclose any kind of timetable for his return, Beck adds, though it could put Opening Day in jeopardy.
Martinez, 29, is approaching his fourth season with the Tigers. He batted .307/.373/.575 with 22 home runs and a .908 OPS for Detroit in 2016 and is presumed to be the starting right fielder for the club this year. He’ll seek a second opinion on his foot on Sunday.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.