Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers have reinstated slugger Victor Martinez from the 15-day disabled in time for the club's weekend series against the New York Yankees.
Martinez, the runner-up for the 2014 American League Most Valuable Player award, went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Detroit's 7-2 loss.
Martinez made his first start since May 18 in Friday's game at Yankee Stadium. The veteran designated hitter had missed the past month due to inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee.
The 36-year-old prepped for his return by going 5-for-17 with a double and three RBI in four rehab games for Triple-A Toledo during the week.
Coming off a career season in which he finished second in the AL with a .335 average and belted a personal-best 32 home runs with 103 RBI, Martinez's 2015 campaign got off to a slow start as he recovered from offseason surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his knee. The five-time All-Star was hitting just .216 with one homer and 15 RBI prior to landing on the DL.
The Tigers opened a roster spot for Martinez by optioning outfielder Tyler Collins to Triple-A Toledo.