Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/21/13
LAKELAND, Fla. Victor Martinez might be hitting just .239 so far this spring, but he looks good to manager Jim Leyland. "I see no indication of any issues at all," Leyland said of Martinez's return from the micro-fracture surgery on his left knee that forced him to miss the entire 2012 season. Martinez has not caught in a spring training game but has worked out there a bit, throwing to the bases. Although he'll play most games as the designated hitter, Leyland said he might get back behind the plate for a game or two. "Eventually at some point if he's real healthy, he could catch a game in interleague play," Leyland said. "But that's down the road. I don't want to make a big deal about that, because we've laid low on that. But is it a possibility? Sure, down the road. "If we felt like it was some real nasty, nasty left-hander, and Victor was healthy enough and you felt like you weren't risking anything, you might do it. And he'll want to do it, I know that." Garcia healing Avisail Garcia knows he's running out of time if he wants to make the big league club. After Friday, there are only nine games remaining in spring training. Including Thursday, Garcia has missed four games since bruising his right heel Saturday. Before Thursday night's game, he was walking in the clubhouse without crutches. "My foot hurt a little bit here (heel) but here (mid-foot), nothing," Garcia said. "It's a little bit sore. When I put all my weight like this, it still a little bit hurt. I'm working a lot. I don't want to be in the trainer's room. I just want to play." Garcia said he's icing his heel and doing whatever treatments the trainers suggest in order to try to heal his heel in time to play. "I don't want to feel nothing (pain) before I start playing baseball," Garcia said. "That's what I want because if I start playing, I play for one week and then (hurt) again. I want to be good." Garcia is aiming to back up Andy Dirks in left field but realizes the injury may have set him back. "If I'm going to play, I'm going to play," Garcia said. "If not, keep working and see what happens." Dirks, who bruised his right knee Tuesday after running into the left-field wall, remains day-to-day. Leyland said he hoped Dirks would be available Friday. Get ready to run Aside from Austin Jackson, Quintin Berry and Jeff Kobernus, the Tigers are not a fast team. But they all have to be ready to run. So on Saturday, Leyland plans to have every player "run a triple." "We'll do some other loosening up first but we'll run one triple for endurance," Leyland said. "They'll run a triple before we get out of here, hopefully Saturday. As long as you're all right, it's a get-after-it triple."
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