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Jupiter, Fla. – The Tigers announced a pair of moves Friday morning, only one of which was a surprise.
J.D. Martinez was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, because of his sprained foot, while one-time Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday is back with the organization after signing a minor-league contract.
Martinez sprained his right foot during a March 18 game and has since been wearing a walking cast. The 10-day shelving could very likely be optimistic, but the Tigers have for now opted on a shorter projection for their power-hitting right fielder.
Holaday, 29, was drafted by the Tigers and played in Detroit from 2012-15 before he was traded to the Rangers. He later played for the Red Sox, and began spring camp with the Phillies until he was released this week.
Holaday is expected to work as part of a tandem at Triple A Toledo alongside John Hicks.
The Tigers were set to play Friday afternoon, and again Saturday afternoon, against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.
They will fly to Chicago on Saturday evening and open their 2017 regular season Monday against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Tigers have yet to announce a sequence for their starting rotation beyond Justin Verlander’s appointment as Opening Day’s choice. The Tigers open their 2017 home season Friday against the Red Sox at Comerica Park.