Tiger DH Victor Martinez sidelined by right knee irritation

CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the starting lineup because of irritation in his right knee.

Martinez had an MRI on Monday morning, and manager Brad Ausmus says it showed ''no major structural issues.'' The 37-year-old Martinez says he isn't concerned and joked he is just ''getting old.''

Martinez is hitting .333 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in 60 games.

Outfielder J.D. Martinez replaced Victor Martinez at DH in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox.

Ausmus says Victor Martinez is available to hit and will be evaluated daily.

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