Victor Martinez down and out – worse than initially expected

31 Jan

Detroit Tigers C/1B/DH Victor Martinez successfully had knee surgery and will need a second operation which will likely to miss the entire 2012 season which is bad news for Tigers fans. Martinez had microfracture surgery Friday to repair the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee.

“I don’t want to say it was a surprise,” team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “We knew it was a possibility.”

Martinez is projected to have anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery on the same knee in six-to-eight weeks, the procedure that was previously expected.” according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

While it was already expected that Martinez would miss the season, there was speculation he might make it back in time to slide onto the postseason roster – that speculation is now over as the second surgery will likely have Martinez unable to start conditioning until it is time to get ready for spring training. Further bad news is that when he does return, it is unlikely the Tigers, or any team he may play for after, will want to risk further damage using him behind the plate and losing his big bat.

While Martinez is still a premiere hitter, a big part of his value was the ability to get behind the plate. If he is unable to do that 100 games per season at least, it is unsure how the Tigers will make room for him when he does return. Best of luck to Victor on his surgery and rehab – see you in 2013.

 

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