The Detroit Tigers were dealt a blow when J.D. Martinez injured his foot during Spring Training recently. Martinez is in a cast and is playing the waiting game with doctors to discover the severity of the injury. DSN Tigers editor A.J. Reilly pointed out that Detroit fans need to exercise patience with Martinez and his injury.
In the meantime, let’s a take a look at three players who could benefit from the unfortunate injury to Martinez.
JaCoby Jones' walk-off single in the 10th vs. the Braves backs Matthew Boyd's efficient outing.
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— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 24, 2017
If it were up to the Tigers staff at DSN, JaCoby Jones would already be named the starter in center field for Detroit. With Martinez out of action for at least the near future, that thins the talent pool for center field. The Tigers will have to consider trying Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook in right field. Both of those players have been competing for the center field spot this Spring. With Anthony Gose reportedly making a conversion to pitcher, this helps Jones immensely.
Jones is a young player with a bright future. He’s been playing well this Spring and with Martinez out it puts him in the driver’s seat for center field.
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— Cut4 (@Cut4) March 28, 2017
There is no question that Detroit loses a big bat with Martinez out. Mikie Mahtook is probably not going to replace that offensive production. Truth be told, any team would be hard pressed to replace a hitter like J.D. Mahtook has not bounced back as expected from an injury-plagued 2016 campaign. The LSU Tiger turned Detroit Tiger had a rough start to Spring Training but is starting to come around. The right field vacancy for Detroit certainly allows Mahtook a chance to step up. It may be all the wiggle room he needs to make the roster.
Postcards from Lakeland 3.28.17: Andrew Romine says he takes pride in being able to comfortably play any position. #Tigers #Weingartz pic.twitter.com/rAgHkRsMMh
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) March 28, 2017
Every team can use a player like Andrew Romine. The “Swiss Army Knife” of the Tigers has proven himself valuable time after time with his ability to play virtually any position on the field. With Martinez out, Romine will almost certainly see extended time in the outfield. Even more importantly, manager Brad Ausmus will likely rely on Romine’s veteran leadership with the outfielders. Romine enters his 7th season in 2017. While that may not seem like much, it’s more experience than Tyler Collins, JaCoby Jones, and Mikie Mahtook combined. Already a valuable player to Detroit, Romine will shine even brighter as a nearly everyday player in the outfield.