It’s been a while, but Victor Martinez could see some time behind the plate.
That’s the vibe that Brad Ausmus gave out in a media session, according to the Detroit Free Press, on the first day of Spring Training. His reasoning was simple enough.
I actually called Victor – this must have been early January – and asked him about catching, and he was thrilled about it. There is a reason behind it. We play ten National League games in National League parks. The first road trip of the season is L.A. and San Diego. We can’t not have Victor play for five straight games. So this gives us another option.
Martinez has not seen consistent time behind the plate since 2010 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. In his two full seasons with Detroit, he has logged only 29 games as the backstop, serving most of his time as the team’s designated hitter.
Martinez could also be in the lineup as a first baseman with Miguel Cabrera taking back third base on some days. Right now, prospect Nick Castellanos is projected to be the team’s regular third baseman; Cabrera would move back to first with the departure of Prince Fielder via trade to the Rangers.