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Tigers' Martinez on mend away from camp

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Lakeland, Fla. — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he talked to Victor Martinez, who is rehabbing near his home in the Orlando area after knee surgery.

"He is going to do 10 sessions (with the physical therapist) there before he comes down here," Ausmus said. "He said today he was going to ask the therapist at what point he could come here."

It's probably for the best, Ausmus said, if Martinez does his rehab work away from Tigertown until he's cleared for some baseball activity.

"If Victor goes into the clubhouse and he sees people hitting, he's going to want to hit," Ausmus said. "We are trying to protect Victor from Victor, a little bit. It's best that he gets to the point in his rehab where he'll be able to do baseball stuff than have him watching.

"Victor doesn't like to sit on his hands."

Around the horn

Reliever Bruce Rondon, 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery, threw his second strong bullpen session of the spring. "He looked good today," said Bryan Holaday, who caught the session. "He threw the ball really well. He keeps getting better and better."

Rondon, as prescribed, took it relatively easy for about 15 pitches. The last 10 or so, though, he turned loose.

"Yeah, the last few he popped in there pretty good," Ausmus said. "As he gets more and more comfortable, he'll start popping a few early."

… The Tigers have a fairly large stable of short-inning relievers — one- or two-inning guys. Ausmus was asked about who might pitch in long relief.

"It's a fair question," he said. "We have a lot of one-inning guys."

But he identified left-handers Blaine Hardy and Kyle Ryan, plus Buck Farmer as potential long relievers.

… One of the goals for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is to get him hitting to all fields, like he did when he first came to the majors. Asked how he would help facilitate that, Ausmus said, "The best way is to put him in the same (batting practice) group as Miggy (Cabrera)," he said. "I am dead serious. Let him watch the best hitting in the game do it on a daily basis."