He’s already scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday, performed by famed Tommy John surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
The 36-year-old Martinez just signed a four-year contract extension with theÃÂ Tigers this offseason worth $68 million. He is scheduled to make $14 million this season. How many games he’ll actually play in now is in question.
The switch-hitting Martinez, who started his career with the Cleveland Indians in 2002, played two years with the Boston Red Sox before signing with the Tigers in 2011. Martinez is a five time All-Star and has been to at least one All-Star game with each team he’s played with, most recently in 2014 as a Tiger.
Playing the majority of his games as the designated hitter, he can also play catcher and first base. In 2014 he made 35 appearances at first and just two at catcher, while playing 115 as the DH.
Martinez hit .335/.409/.565/.974 in 2014 leading the league in both on-base percentage and on-base plus slugging percentage. He also lead the American League in intentional walks with 28, hit a career high 32 home runs and drove in 103 runs last season.
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