The Tigers have placed veteran Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, the team announced on Twitter. The Tigers have recalled outfielder JaCoby Jones from Triple-A Toledo to fill the roster spot.
Martinez has been put on the DL for the second time this season for this reason after he experienced a rapid heartbeat in his final at-bat on Saturday against the White Sox and spent the night in a hospital in Chicago, manager Brad Ausmus told ESPN.com. The 38-year-old designated hitter went on it on June 16 after he exited a game against the Rays because he experienced a rapid heartbeat, cold sweats and dizziness, according to Marcus DiNitto of The Sporting News. Martinez was sidelined for 12 days during that time.
Martinez, who is in his sixth season with the Tigers, is having one of the toughest seasons of his 15-year career. He has slashed .255/.324/.372 with just 10 home runs and 47 RBI in 107 games. Before this year, the five-time All-Star had at least a .289 batting average, 83 RBI, 160 hits and 150 games played in four of his first five seasons in Detroit.
Martinez is in the third year of a four-year, $68-million contract. He is owed 18 million next year before he will become a free agent in 2019. Martinez has previously talked about retiring after the 2019 campaign, even making plans to become a future cattle farmer.