Tigers OF J.D. Martinez to make season debut after long DL stint

Martinez bats 6th Friday against Angels


DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers have stayed afloat through 33 games, but Friday night they'll get back on of their most important offensive weapons.

J.D. Martinez spent nearly six weeks on the disabled list to start the season after suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot during spring training. In his place, the Tigers have used Tyler Collins, Mikie Mahtook and Jim Adduci in right right.

Martinez is batting sixth in Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

In 120 games last season, Martinez hit 22 home runs and 35 doubles, slugging .535 and finishing with a .908 OPS. His best season came in 2015 when he played 158 games for the Tigers and hit 38 home runs, driving in 102 runs and scoring 93 times. He's posted an OPS over .875 each of the last three seasons.

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