Tigers' Martinez makes brief visit

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Lakeland, Fla. – Designated hitter Victor Martinez made a brief visit Saturday morning and could be moving his rehab regimen to Tigertown starting Monday.

"Victor will be here Monday," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's going to run the treadmill here."

Martinez, recovering from knee surgery, has been seeing a physical therapist in Orlando.

The Tigers felt it prudent to keep him away, fearing he'd want to do too much too fast if he came to camp.

Sure enough, Ausmus has already had to slow him down.

"Just like we were talking about," Ausmus said. "He said he was going to run the AlterG (treadmill) and he might swing the bat. I said, 'You're going to hit off a tee?' He said, 'Yeah and maybe some soft toss.'

"So see, he's already trying to get more involved. I said, 'Let's hold off on the soft toss because then you'll want to hit live.'"

Ausmus said he is assuming that Martinez will be joining the team to stay on Monday.

PRACTICE SCRAPPED: Steady rainfall dampened the fields and forced the Tigers to scrap their planned drill work Saturday. Although pitchers did long-toss and did some running on the warning track on Marchant Field, practice was limited to cage work and indoor bullpen sessions.

Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan were slated to throw live batting practice. Both threw in the cage while hitters stood in.

Catcher Alex Avila was held out for the second day with back tightness.

"Alex is a lot better today," Ausmus said. "He's going to be held out today but I would be shocked if he wasn't back tomorrow."

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