Kissimmee, Fla. – The Tigers were hoping designated hitter Victor Martinez would be ready to return to game action by this weekend, but it’s not going to happen.
“I don’t know,” he said Wednesday morning. “The leg is going to tell me when (it’s ready).”
Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Martinez will not play in Jupiter, Fla., this weekend.
“The injury is nothing more than we thought it was,” Ausmus said. “But we’re going to make sure he’s ready when he comes back. That doesn’t mean he won’t start hitting off the tee and things like that.
“But in terms of game action, it won’t be this weekend.”
Martinez strained the hamstring in his left leg on Monday. He was amused by the initial concern as most of Tigers Nation, including Ausmus, who feared it was his surgically repaired left knee that gave out.
“I am the one who feels everything,” Martinez said. “Whatever you guys were scared about, or whoever was scared, I knew from the beginning it was the hamstring and not something else.”
Ausmus said there’s been no setback.
“Not at all,” he said. “There is no bruising, which is a good sign. The strength was normal in his hamstring.”
Martinez agreed, saying his recovery was on track and he doesn’t expect to be out long. But he going to listen to his body and not rush it.