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Tigers' J.D. Martinez leaves game vs. Orioles with left knee injury

Martinez fouled a ball off his knee and was later removed from Saturday's game in the third inning.

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The Detroit Tigers suffered yet another blow to an already depleted lineup on Saturday evening, when J.D. Martinez left their game against the Baltimore Orioles with a left knee injury. Martinez fouled a ball off of his left leg in the top of the second inning, but remained in the game. However, after playing just one more inning, Martinez was replaced by Tyler Collins prior to the bottom of the third.

With Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list, Yoenis Cespedes now playing for the New York Mets, and Victor Martinez struggling mightily in the middle of the order, the Tigers are relying heavily on J.D. Martinez for production. He hit a home run on Friday and is batting .320/.391/.612 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in July. Martinez, a first-time All-Star, leads the Tigers with 28 home runs this season.

Martinez underwent x-rays during the game, which were negative. He was listed as day-to-day with a left knee contusion. We will know more about his status when reporters speak to manager Brad Ausmus prior to tomorrow's game, but it's probably safe to say he will not be in the lineup for tomorrow afternoon's series finale. Daniel Norris will make his Tigers debut against Ubaldo Jimenez at 1:35 p.m. ET.