Victor Martinez Injured in 3rd Inning - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Victor Martinez Injured in 3rd Inning

CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians catcher Victor Martinez injured his left leg while running to first base in the third inning of Cleveland's frosty home opener on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

Martinez hit a grounder to third baseman Adrian Beltre, who misplayed the bouncer for an error. Martinez didn't see Beltre's bobble as he hustled down to first, but he came up limping just as he approached the bag.

Martinez spent several minutes kneeling in the outfield grass before walking gingerly off the field. He was replaced by pinch-runner Kelly Shoppach, who took over behind the plate in the top of the fourth.

The Indians did not have immediate word on Martinez's condition.

Cold weather - gametime temperature was 31 degrees with a wind chill of 20 - could have contributed to Martinez getting hurt. Last season, the 28-year-old batted .316 with 16 homers and 93 RBIs.

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