The Tigers placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, the team announced Sunday. Per a report from manager Brad Ausmus, Martinez was hospitalized on Saturday with a rapid heartbeat and is expected to be released shortly.
The 38-year-old was first diagnosed with the condition back in June, when he experienced dizziness, sweating and chills following a game against the Rays. He was briefly hospitalized and was able to return to game action after just 12 days. There’s no word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined this time around, though MLB.com’s Jason Beck notes that the team won’t rush the veteran designated hitter back to the field until they’ve pinpointed the cause of the episodes.
Martinez is in his sixth campaign with the Tigers, and entered Sunday batting .255/.324/.372 with 10 home runs and a .697 OPS in 435 PA. He went 0-for-4 with a walk against the White Sox on Saturday.
In a corresponding move, rookie outfielder JaCoby Jones was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Jones appeared in 27 games for the Tigers earlier this season and slashed a meager .167/.265/.267 with three extra-base hits in 68 PA.