Tigers set to call up J.D. Martinez, for some added pop off the bench
DETROIT — The Toledo Mud Hens announced Monday that outfielder J.D. Martinez was getting the call-up to the Detroit Tigers, after earning himself Minor League Baseball player of the week.
[UPDATE: The Tigers confirmed the move, announcing that Luke Putkonen (elbow inflammation) went on the DL to make room on the active roster, while Andy Dirks was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.]
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Martinez has 10 home runs at Toledo, four of them coming in a doubleheader binge on Saturday, with three in the opener.
While Martinez does give the Tigers yet another right-handed-hitting outfielder on a roster stuffed with righties, he does provide something that a guy like Ezequiel Carrera would not have: power off the bench.
The Tigers have not announced a corresponding move to add Martinez to the active roster, or to get him on the 40-man roster. The latter will likely be simply procedural, as the Tigers can clear a spot by putting Andy Dirks on the 60-day disabled list.