OAKLAND -- Six weeks after Luis Marte strained his left hamstring while pitching in the Tigers' final game of Spring Training, he can see a path back to live action. Whether it eventually gets him that shot at the big leagues that he had earned remains to be seen.
Marte, who had made the Opening Day roster before his injury sidelined him, is scheduled to return to game action at extended spring workouts Saturday in Lakeland, Fla. He'll continue to progress from there as long as he's healthy, but with nearly two months since his last outing, he'll need some time to build his arm strength.
Once Marte is ready to progress through the Tigers' developmental system, the team can send him out on a rehab assignment for up to 30 days before they would need to either bring him back to Detroit or option him to an affiliate. An extended spring workout doesn't count against a Minor League rehab assignment.
"I'm sure he'll be all right," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's just got to get on the mound and face some hitters."