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Victor Martinez Has Torn Meniscus, Will Have Surgery Next Week

Tigers’ DH could miss Opening Day for second time in four years with knee injury

The Detroit Tigers got some unwelcome news on Thursday when it was announced that designated hitter, Victor Martinez, will have surgery next week to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Martinez, who turned 36 in December, will likely need six to eight weeks to recover and return to baseball activities, which puts his status for Opening Day in question. Martinez suffered the injury during an offseason workout last week. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida next Tuesday, February 10.

Martinez had a remarkable 2014 season, batting .335 with 32 homers and 103 RBIs and finished in second place in the AL MVP voting behind the Angels’ Mike Trout. The loss of Victor for any amount of time is going to be a big blow to the Tigers’ offense given that their other slugger, Miguel Cabrera, is currently recovering from offseason foot surgery and may not be at 100% by the start of the season either.

There is also no guarantee that Martinez will recover within that six to eight week time period given that he has already had an injury to the same knee, a torn ACL ligament, which kept him out of action for the entire 2012 season. At the very least, Martinez will miss all of Spring Training, which means the earliest he is likely to rejoin the Tigers will be mid-to-late April. Given the vast improvements that the White Sox have made, and the fact that both Kansas City and Cleveland are expected to contend for the American League Central crown as well, the loss of Martinez beyond early-May could spell disaster for the Tigers’ hopes to continue their domination of the AL Central in 2015.




Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent