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Victor Martinez was hospitalized with an elevated heart rate last night


Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Victor Martinez spent the night in a Detroit hospital last night.

Ausmus said that Martinez left last night’s game against the Rays after experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, and an elevated heart rate. He said this is “more scary than a general baseball injury.” And that’s definitely true.

Martinez, 38, is hitting .261/.337/.376 with five homers on the season. He’ll no doubt be out of the lineup for tonight’s game. Updates as we hear them.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.