V-Mart could return by this weekend

Slugger tweaked hamstring while making aggressive turn

V-Mart could return by this weekend

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Victor Martinez is out of the lineup for at least the next couple days as he deals with a mild left hamstring strain, but the Tigers' designated hitter could return to action by the weekend.

"He was a little sore [Tuesday], but nothing major," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's going to be out for a few days."

Martinez left Monday's win over the Mets after feeling his hamstring tighten up as he rounded first base on a single. Martinez was walking normally around the clubhouse, but he was nonetheless hampered.

With the Tigers taking a two-day trip to Jupiter, Fla., this weekend, the club could wait on Martinez until Sunday, when it has a split-squad day that includes a home game against the Nationals at Joker Marchant Stadium. Ausmus didn't rule out Martinez playing a game in Jupiter, but he said Martinez probably won't play first base on that trip as previously planned.

Quick hits

• Reliever Jeff Ferrell will continue to receive treatment on his shoulder after encountering issues playing catch on Monday. Ausmus said pitching coach Rich Dubee is working on a mechanical adjustment with Ferrell to relieve the stress of what Ferrell called an impingement.

Alex Wilson will play catch from 120 feet the next couple of days and then potentially throw a bullpen session Saturday as he tries to progress back from tenderness in the back of his shoulder. Ausmus isn't quite ready to say Wilson won't be ready for the start for the season.

"If we have to start him on the DL, we'll deal with it," Ausmus said. "But right now, there's no plan to do that."

• The Tigers did not sign anybody out of last week's open tryout camp, ending a streak of deals that included outfield prospects Wynton Bernard two years ago and Jiwan James last spring.

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