J.D. Martinez exits spring training game with apparent ankle injury

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
Feb 24, 2017; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) swings at strike three to end the fourth inning during a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers were going split-squad on Saturday. The team that was playing (home) in Lakeland included outfielder J.D. Martinez. Unfortunately, Martinez could not finish the game due to injury.

According to Evan Woodbery, Martinez made a shoestring catch to end the first inning and tumbled forward. He came up limping and walked off the field under his own power, aided by trainer Kevin Rand, and favoring his right ankle.

As Woodbery points out, Martinez was replaced by outfielder Alex Prelsey, who has been putting together an excellent spring training in an effort to crack to the 25-man roster for Opening Day.

Martinez departing the game comes less than two days after fellow Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera left a WBC game with apparent back tightness.