Found August 17, 2012 on

While no announcement has been made official, it is appearing more and more likely that if the Detroit Tigers are going to reach the 2012 MLB Playoffs, they will have to do so without the services of Victor Martinez as the team’s primary designated hitter. Entering play on Friday, the Tigers sit 2.5 games back of the American League Central leading Chicago White Sox, as well as just 1 game behind the two Amercian League Wild Card leaders from the American League East, the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers have still underachieved this season, considering the money they spent this past offseason. Even with the addition of Prince Fielder, Detroit has struggled to make their way stop their division. And now, Detroit will have to continue to fight for a postseason berth without one of their top hitters from last season. Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBI for Detroit in 2011. He was vital to the team reaching the postseason, and when he went down in the playoffs, that is when the Tigers began to struggle. Now, having lost Martinez prior to the start of this season, Detroit has struggled to replicate their success from a year ago. After undergoing knee surgery, Martinez has missed all of the 2012 MLB season. And with time running out to have to be on the roster in order to play this postseason, Martinez still has not been cleared to even begin a running and conditioning program. That means that even if Detroit can fight hard enough to help the Tigers reach the playoffs, it appears as if they will be forced to go forward without Martinez in the lineup. The Tigers had remained at least somewhat optimistic that Martinez may be able to return in September to help Detroit make a push. By adding his bat to an already potential dangerous lineup, Martinez may have been enough to get the Tigers to the playoffs for consecutive seasons for the first time since 1934 and 1935. Without him in their lineup, Detroit should technically have enough to reach the postseason, but they have struggled to find that third bat to produce behind Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. But although the Tigers have made it clear that they are all-in for this season, they still have the likes of Martinez, Cabrera and Fielder under contract for at least the next couple of seasons. So while they would love to get the job done as early as this season and bring home the franchise’s first World Series since 1984, they may play things safe when it comes to Martinez and opt to not rush him back too soon and risk further injury.  

Tigers aim for Victor Martinez to return next year

The Detroit Tigers have given up hopes of Victor Martinez coming back this season. Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said Friday the decision was made earlier in the week to stop Martinez's running program. Rand says the team is now aiming for the 33-year-old Martinez to return for the start of spring training next year. The designated hitter is recovering from microfracture surgery...

Tigers 1B-C Martinez won't make late-season return

Detroit Tigers first baseman-catcher Victor Martinez was officially deemed out for the year after it was decided that his surgically-repaired left knee needs more time to get stronger, reported Friday. Martinez had the microfracture surgery in January and has missed the entire year. The team had hoped for a late-season return. Kevin Rand, the team's head trainer, said...

Victor Martinez Will Not Return This Season, Detroit Tigers Announce

The Detroit Tigers long had their fingers crossed that Victor Martinez might be able to rejoin their lineup this summer in time for the stretch run. Continue reading →

Game 2012.120: Orioles at Tigers

64-55, 2nd place, 1.5 games behind CWS, tied for WC lead. Yes, Prince Fielder had 2 HR and 4 RBIs last night, but let’s not overlook what Miguel Cabrera dud. He hit a jack in the 1st to put the Tigers up 1-0, and then got on base twice in front of Fielder HRs. And to think, he’s only 29. And the more Fielder hits, the better pitches Cabrera will see. Watch out. For all of the...

Leyland: Playing third pumps Miggy up

Miguel Cabrera this season has been more openly demonstrative than ever before. He will pound the water jug like a bongo when frustrated and make pointed comments to teammates when the need arises. Cabrera also is much looser, happier and has developed a whole set of handshakes and interactive hand jive with teammates. Neither Cabrera nor first baseman Prince Fielder have a name...

Game 2012.119: Orioles at Tigers

63-55, 2nd place, 2.5 games (that’s what you get for taking a day off) behind CWS, 1 game behind WC There’s been a lot of talk as of late regarding Miguel Cabrera’s MVP candidacy. In fact, it seems as if the local papers have received an edict to write about it daily. And they make strong arguments in his favor. But MLive’s Josh Slagter made a fantastic point in an article...

Tigers' Scherzer showing signs of development

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer has had these streaks before. It's just that this one looks as if it could be a little more permanent. Scherzer struck out 10 Wednesday to improve to 6-1 in nine starts beginning June 28. He has tied Justin Verlander for the team lead in wins with 12. In the past, Scherzer has struggled to limit the damage in one inning. The game frequently...

Alburquerque's elbow inflammed

DETROIT -- Al Alburquerque's comeback from surgery on his right(pitching) elbow has suffered a minor setback.He was in Detroit on Saturday and diagnosed with minorinflammation in the elbow by team doctors.Alburquerque, who's been on a minor-league rehab assignmentsince July 24, said he felt some tenderness in the elbow after throwing 44pitches over 2 23 innings for the Toledo...

Fielder hits 2 homers in win over Baltimore

DETROIT (AP) -- Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Fielder hit a soaring shot to right in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead. He got Detroit even at 3 in the sixth with a 462-foot shot to right-center. Joaquin Benoit (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win. Jose Valverde...

Tigers 5, Orioles 3

Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Fielder hit a soaring shot to right in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead. He got Detroit even at 3 in the sixth with a 462-foot shot to right-center. Joaquin Benoit (2-3) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win. Jose Valverde gave up...

Prince Power: Fielder’s two bombs sends Tigers to 5-3 win over Orioles

Verlander can’t be Verlander every night… But when he isn’t it would be nice if his offense can pick him up. Well that’s exactly what happened Friday night as Detroit’s big guns in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder combined for three home runs and five RBIs in a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. In what would be decent outing for just about any other pitcher in the League...

Fielder's two homers lift Tigers over Orioles

By MICHAEL J. DETROIT -- As soon as he hit it, you knew it was gone. The sound of bat-meets-ball resonating throughout Comerica Park said so. So did where the ball eventually landed, in the seats down the right-field line, directly behind a Bell Tire advertisement plastered on a facade 400-plus feet away from home plate. Prince Fielder's eighth...

More missed opportunities as the Tigers fall to Baltimore 3-2

Rick Porcello was good enough to earn at least a no decision Saturday night, unfortunately though his offense didn’t take advantage of the opportunities presented to them. The Tigers left a total of six runners on base and hit into three double-plays as they fell to the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 from Comerica Park. Porcello, who’s been largely inconsistent this season went six strong...
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