Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers’ lineup for a fourth straight game stemming from the “pinch” in the 36-year-old’s surgically repaired knee that he felt Saturday. He also apparently has a sore back today.
Martinez actually played Sunday, but hasn’t started since then. The first three of those games came in an NL ballpark so there was no designated hitter spot for Martinez and he did make a pinch-hitting appearance, but the fact that he remains on the bench despite returning to AL rules today in Detroit is worrisome.
Yoenis Cespedes is in the DH spot today, with Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose both in the lineup.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.