Tigers' J.D. Martinez 'not too far from coming back'

The Diamondbacks offense has gotten a lot more powerful.

The Tigers are off to a strong start this season thanks to solidstarting pitching and timely hitting from some unlikely players.

One key cog still missing from Detroit's lineup is outfielder J.D. Martinez, who has been out this season with a foot injury. The Tigers (6-2) may get him back sooner than expected, though.

Speaking on MLB Network radio, Tigers general manager Al Avila said that Martinez is progressing nicely and could be back in action soon.

"(Martinez) should be playing in games in the next few days," Avila said."He's not too far away from coming back."

Martinez, 29, hit .307 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in just 120 games last season. Injuries have been a problem for him lately, but he will be a welcome player in Detroit's lineup once healthy.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that he does not expect Martinez will need a full 20-day rehab assignment before returning to the team. That would be good for the Tigers, but Martinezwill some spend time in the minors before returning.

Tyler Collins andMikie Mahtook have been holding down right field in Martinez's absence.

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