The Detroit Tigers have officially placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on their paternity list, the club announced on Friday morning. In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Tigers have elected to recall right-handed relief pitcher Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo.
Detroit is currently gearing up for a Friday evening matchup against the surging Texas Rangers, who have won nine consecutive games.
The 38-year-old Martinez is now in the midst of his sixth season in the “Motor City” as a member of the Tigers. The former catcher previously broke into the major leagues back in 2002 as a member of the Cleveland Indians while also suiting up for the Boston Red Sox along the way.
Over the course of 37 regular-season appearances thus far into the 2017 campaign, Martinez has batted .270 with three home runs and 23 RBI to coincide with his .338 on-base percentage. For his big league career, the veteran slugger currently owns an even .300 batting average alongside 230 home runs, 1,100 RBI and a .365 on-base percentage.
On the other hand, the 26-year-old Farmer will now begin his fourth big league season upon making his way to Detroit on Friday evening, all of which have come as a member of the Tigers. While failing to make a big league appearance at this point in the 2017 regular season, Farmer now owns a 6.84 career ERA over the course of 32 regulation appearances, eight starts and a total of 79 innings of work.
Last season, the veteran right-hander produced a 4.60 ERA over the course of 14 regular-season appearances, one start and 29.1 innings pitched in all.