Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:50:44 -0700
The Detroit Tigers placed RP Luke Putkonen (elbow) on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation Monday, April 21, and recalled OF J.D. Martinez from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move. Also, OF Andy Dirks (back) has been moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:48:20 -0700
The Detroit Tigers could consider recalling OF Ezequiel Carrera or OF J.D. Martinez from Triple-A Toledo in order to add another bench player.
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:50:36 -0700
The Detroit Tigers signed free-agent OF J.D. Martinez (Astros) to a minor league deal Monday, March 24.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:00:08 -0700
The Houston Astros have released OF J.D. Martinez.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:22:13 -0800
Houston Astros OF J.D. Martinez changed the way he holds his hands on the bat, positions his feet and moves his hips this offseason in an effort to reshape his swing. He also studied video of his swing this winter in order to try to keep his bat in the zone longer. Hitting coach John Mallee said Martinez's swing was too sloped, which didn't allow him to get on a good plane with the pitch and stay there.
"You want to get on plane to the pitch, and to hit the ball with backspin you have hit through the ball and stay on plane. That way you get lift to it, as opposed to hitting down on it and cutting through it. Now that he's on plane, pitches he's not on time on, he's still on the same plane as the pitch, so he can catch it in different parts of his swing and still square the ball up and make solid contact," Mallee said. Martinez said he feels great with the changes this spring, and he'll need to hit well in camp to make the roster.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:52:07 -0800
Houston Astros OF J.D. Martinez is hitting .333 (27-for-81) with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 20 games in the Venezuelan Winter League entering Monday, Dec. 2. "J.D. Martinez has been crushing the ball down there," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He's worked on his swing, and the results are pretty positive so far. We're pretty happy with what's happening down there." Martinez will have to compete in spring training to win a spot on the opening day roster, however.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:12:00 -0800
The Houston Astros claimed INF Ryan Jackson off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Nov. 20, and also outrighted OF J.D. Martinez to Triple-A Oklahoma City. P John Ely was released.
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:53:24 -0700
The Houston Astros have activated OF J.D. Martinez (wrist) from the 15-day disabled list.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:30:00 -0700
The Houston Astros placed OF J.D. Martinez (wrist) on the 15-day disabled list Friday, July 26, due to a sprained left wrist. OF Robbie Grossman was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in the corresponding move.
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:33:25 -0700
Houston Astros OF Justin Maxwell (hand) has started lightly swinging a fungo bat as he recovers from a fractured left hand.
Fantasy Tip: Maxwell still needs significant time to come back from his injury. In the meantime, the Astros have drastically changed their outfield alignment, beginning when they released Rick Ankiel. Jimmy Paredes, Robbie Grossman and J.D. Martinez have earned consistent playing time, and depending on how they're playing when Maxwell returns, he may find himself without regular PT.