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Victor Martinez may be DL-bound

Kevin Rand, Victor Martinez

Detroit Tigers’ Victor Martinez walks off the field as he talks with trainer Kevin Rand in the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, April 18, 2011, in Seattle. Martinez left the game with a right groin strain. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Victor Martinez left last night’s Tigers-Mariners game with a groin injury. After the game he said he’d hope it would feel better in a couple of days, but that may be an overly optimistic assessment. Jim Leyland said after the game that he’d have to speak to GM Dave Dombrowski and that “I’m sure we have to do something.” “Do something” suggests more than giving Martinez a couple of days off. It suggests a disabled list move.

The Tigers broke out the bats last night, but there are concerns on offense. They struggled mightily against the A’s over the weekend and several players -- Austin Jackson, Brandon Inge. Will Rhymes and Ryan Raburn -- have been ineffective. For the Tigers to win, they need their handful of potent bats -- Miguel Cabrera and Martinez most prominent among them -- to carry the load. That’ll be much harder with V-Mart on the sidelines.