Some players just happy to be healthy for playoffs
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AP Baseball Writer
A year ago at this time, all Victor Martinez could do was watch.
The Detroit Tigers rolled through the American League playoffs, but Martinez was still recovering from a knee injury that cost him the entire season. There would be no World Series for him - he could only hope for a healthier 2013 and another shot at postseason play - after spending a whole year rehabbing.
That hard work is finally paying off for Martinez, who helped Detroit to its third straight AL Central title this year. Martinez is one of several standouts in this postseason who missed significant time either this year or in 2012, and these players are as thankful as anyone for the chance to be on the field when the games matter most.