UPDATE: Cabrera singles, Martinez hitless in spring debuts for Tigers

UPDATE: March 23, 2015 9:45 am PT

Miguel Cabrera singled to left center in the Detroit Tigers’ 7-7 tie game on Saturday against the Washington Nationals. Cabrera went 1-3 with two strikeouts in his first game of the spring. 

“It was good,” Cabrera said of his time off. “Good vacation. Now I’m working. Back to work today.”

Victor Martinez was hitless in his spring debut in the Tigers loss to the Atlanta Braves, going 0-3 with a strikeout and two groundouts.  Still, he was just happy to be back in the game. 

“It feels great to get the first one out of the way,” Martinez said. “Everything felt pretty good, coming out of the box and swinging, so I’m happy with how the day went today.”

Original Text: March 22, 2015 9:16 am PT

The Detroit Tigers have spent all spring without their two biggest hitters, but the wait for Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to make their spring debuts has finally come to an end.

Both players are coming back from injuries and will both reportedly get at least three at-bats, during the Tigers’ last split squad games of the spring, Sunday.

Two-time American League MVP, Triple Crown winner and nine-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera is recovering from surgery to remove a bone chip and repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

Cabrera lead the league in with 52 doubles, hit 25 homers, drove in 109 runs and batted a cool .313 for Detroit in 2014. Not his greatest year but he’s still a better hitter than almost everyone else in the league with those stats.

Martinez, a five-time All-Star, had an even better year at the plate than Cabrera in 2014. He just lost out to Houston Astros’ second baseman Jose Altuve for the chance to be MLB’s batting champion. Still he hit an incredible .335 on the year. V-Mart led the league in on-base percentage (.409), hit a career-high 33 homers and drove in 104 runs in 2014.

Victor Martinez. Jason Miller/Getty Images.
Victor Martinez. Jason Miller/Getty Images.

Martinez tore his left ACL on February 5 and had to undergo immediate knee surgery. He has recovered remarkably quickly

You don’t often find two hitters like Cabrera and Martinez, who hit back to back, on the same team and the Tigers were facing the possibility of not having either of them in the lineup on Opening Day. They no longer need to worry about how to deal with that scenario.

Cabrera will be hitting third in the Tigers’ lineup Sunday against the Washington Nationals at Joker Marchant Stadium and Martinez, who will also be batting third, will be the playing in the Tigers’ road game against the Atlanta Braves at Disney World.

With approximately two weeks left in spring training both veterans should be able to get enough at-bats to have their timing down by the season opener on April 6 in Detroit against the Minnesota Twins.

MLB.com’s Jason Beck provided the Tigers’ lineups for the games today:

Tigers vs. Nationals

1. Rajai Davis, CF
2. Alex Avila, C
3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
4. J.D. Martinez, RF
5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
7. Jordan Lennerton, 1B
8. Hernan Perez, SS
9. Josh Wilson, 2B

Tigers at Braves

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Jose Iglesias, SS
3. Victor Martinez, DH
4. Tyler Collins, LF
5. James McCann, C
6. Aaron Westlake, 1B
7. Jefry Marte, 3B
8. Andrew Romine, RF
9. Anthony Gose, CF

Check back later to find out how Miggy and V-Mart fared in their first at-bats of 2015!

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