Detroit Tigers’ Victor Martinez hopeful to return this season

Detroit Tigers catcher Victor Martinez is hopeful that he can return late this season, as his knee surgery was called off.

Martinez was scheduled to undergo his second surgery, but his doctor  found that his knee had healed enough, and surgery was no longer necessary.

Martinez injured his knee this spring in an agility workout, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

If the surgery was done, Martinez would almost definitely miss the whole 2012 season. There is now however, hope for his return.

“We’ll know more in July when we do an MRI on [the knee],” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Wednesday morning. “It is a better-case scenario. If he had to the ACL reconstruction, he would have definitely been done for the season. This gives him a chance. When we evaluate the MRI in July, there may be a chance.”

Martinez’s first surgery was performed in late January, shortly after the injury. The earliest Rand feels that the Tigers’ designated hitter can return is August.

“It is optimistic news at this point, which is encouraging,” Tigers president and General manager Dave Dombrowski said.

Last season, Martinez batted .330 with 12 home runs and 103 RBIS.

If he returns, Martinez will strengthen the already powerful Tigers’ line-up, as he will  join Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.

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