Detroit Tigers’ slugger Victor Martinez was released from hospital on Saturday morning, the club has announced. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said Martinez would stay in Detroit and undergo monitoring for the next seven to ten days. The Tigers leave for a West coast road trip after Sunday afternoon's game. “He’s feeling a lot better”, Ausmus told reporters.
Martinez exited Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays after experiencing dizziness, cold sweats, and an elevated heart rate. After reaching base safely in the seventh inning, Martinez informed first base coach Omar Vizquel that he needed to come out of the game. He was admitted to hospital and spent two nights there with an irregular heart beat.
“He’s feeling a lot better. The thought process is probably a week of rest," Ausmus said.
The Tigers have called up catcher/first-baseman John Hicks from Toledo to take Martinez’s place on the roster. Miguel Cabrera could fill in as designated hitter until Martinez returns.