The Detroit Tigers issued the following statemtent around 12:30pm this afternoon regarding Victor Martinez knee surgery.
Here is the link to the press release (if you should want to see)
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today made the following announcement regarding catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez:
Martinez underwent microfracture surgery and repairs to both the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee on Friday, all of which occurred when he suffered a torn ACL during his off-season conditioning. Friday’s procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, CO.
The preliminary surgery on Friday went well according to Dr. Steadman and he is optimistic Martinez will be ready to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee in approximately six-to-eight weeks. The Tigers continue to expect Martinez to be sidelined for the 2012 season.
This news shouldn't come as a suprise for anyone who has followed the Tigers off-season. Of course, as with most injuries, the Tigers are following the very safe and predictable course with the words: "The Tigers continue to expect Martinez to be sidelined for the 2012 season".
Martinez' injury was the reason for the signing of Prince Fielder, and while Detroit isn't expecting Martinez to return this season, if he does in time for the post -season, the Tigs could very well blast their way to a World Series run, with Cabrera, Fielder and V-Mart if he's healthy. Add to that the returing Cy Young Award winner in Justin Verlander anchoring a solid rotation. AL playoff teams watch out!
**NOTE**- Jason Beck just posted that V-Mart will also have to have surgery on his ACL as well, and that surgery will be in 6-8 weeks, so it is unlkely that Martinez will be back before December so he won't even be healthy enough to get AB's for any post-season run.