Tigers place Victor Martinez on disabled list after irregular heartbeat

Victor Martinez hospitalized overnight for illness, report says

He underwent further testing Friday and stayed a second night in the hospital.

It's unclear exactly how long the veteran will be sidelined with this issue, but more information is expected to be disclosed Saturday once the test results are known.

It was because his designated hitter was in the process of getting released from the hospital and because Martinez texted him back.

Martinez, 38, left Thursday's game after experiencing massive sweating and a rapidly-beating heart.




Martinez came out of Thursday's win over Tampa Bay in the seventh inning with a racing heartbeat, dizziness and cold sweats. "So in that sense, I think not only is it an eye opener for Vic it's an eye opener for his teammates". "The doctors think that after about a week he might be able to start doing cardio activity, light cardio-type activity". He is in the midst of the third year of a four-year, $68 million deal that he signed with the Tigers ahead of the 2014 season.

With Martinez on the DL, Ausmus elected to use Miguel Cabrera in the DH spot in Friday's 13-4 victory over the Rays.

Through 60 games this year, Martinez had been hitting.261/.337/.376 (93 OPS+) with five home runs and 29 RBI.

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