The Detroit Tigers will activate designated hitter Victor Martinez from the disabled list on Friday in time for a weekend series against the New York Yankees, the team announced Thursday. Outfielder Tyler Collins will be sent down to Triple A in a corresponding move.
"I talked to him," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters, according to The Detroit News. "He says he feels good. He seems to feel like he's ready. I would have been more surprised if he said he wasn't ready."
Martinez is a switch hitter and the knee especially bothered him when he batted left-handed. With the Yankees scheduled to start three right-handed pitchers this weekend, Martinez will be forced to bat left-handed often.
Martinez, who finished second in MVP voting last season to Mike Trout, is batting .216 with just four extra-base hits in 34 games this season.
- Dan Gartland