Tigers: Victor Martinez has mild hamstring strain

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Victor Martinez

Lakeland, Fla. – Victor Martinez rounded first base and then quickly grabbed at the back of his left leg in the fifth inning of the Tigers’ 9-2 win over the Mets on Monday.

Manager Brad Ausmus nearly beat him back to the first base bag.

“I was concerned when it first happened because I thought it was his knee,” Ausmus said. “When he said it was his hamstring, I felt a little sense of relief right there.”

The initial diagnosis was a mild strain in his left hamstring. It was his twice surgically-repaired left knee that ruined Martinez’s season last year.

“It seems to be a very mild strain in the meat of his hamstring, which is good,” Ausmus said. “He will probably miss a couple of days but we don’t expect this to be lingering.”

The left knee had strengthened to the point where Ausmus was ready to give Martinez reps at first base later this week in preparation of the two interleague series to start the season. Those plans may be put on hold.

"Hamstring kind of grabbed me a little bit," Martinez told MLB.com. "That's why I stopped. Nothing serious. See how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”

Ausmus felt good enough about Martinez’s prognosis to joke about it.

“It shouldn’t affect his stolen base numbers,” he said.

Notable

The Tigers on Monday sent left-handed pitcher Jairo Labourt to their high Class-A affiliate in Lakeland. Labourt was one of the three pitchers the Tigers got from the Blue Jays for David Price. Norris and Matt Boyd were the others.

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