Tigers' Victor Martinez leaves game with sore quad
Arlington, Texas — Victor Martinez got two singles in his first three at-bats Monday, but he had to leave the game after scoring a run in the fifth.
His left quadriceps tightened on him as he went from first to third on a double by Nick Castellanos. Trainer Kevin Rand and manager Brad Ausmus came out to check on him, but he stayed in the game.
But when Martinez limped badly home on a two-run single by James McCann, Ausmus removed him from the game.
“The quad is not entirely new,” he said. “It’s acted up before, just not enough to take him out of a game.”
Ausmus said he didn’t think Martinez would play on Tuesday. He was hopeful of playing him on Wednesday here and then maybe one of the three games in Chicago to finish the season.
Miguel Cabrera had a single and a walk in five plate appearances.
Those five plate appearances mean Cabrera has qualified for the batting title, which he leads with his .336 average, over Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, .324.
It would be Cabrera’s fourth batting crown.
“He hasn’t said anything about it, but I am sure he wants to win it,” Ausmus said. “We’d all like for him to win it.”
Ausmus said he expects Cabrera to play in at least two more games this season — one of the last two in Texas and one game in Chicago.