Victor Martinez could be activated this weekend

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Tigers slugger Victor Martinez was cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A Toledo and he will remain with the Mud Hens through Thursday. There’s nothing official yet, but V-Mart is expected to meet up with the Tigers this Friday at Yankee Stadium and it figures that he’ll be activated for the club’s weekend series against the Yankees.

“Whether he’s activated or not, that’s an issue we’ll have to see how he feels, if he feels like he’s ready,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLive.com.

Martinez has been on the disabled list since May 19 because of inflammation in his surgically-repaired left knee. He was batting just .216/.308/.270 with one home run in 130 plate appearances before the injury, but the 36-year-old designated hitter should be able to get it going in a hurry if his health cooperates.

Detroit re-signed V-Mart to a four-year, $68 million free agent contract this past offseason.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.