Victor Martinez from Detroit Tigers could miss the entire 2012 season after wounding his left knee during offseason conditioning.
The Detroit Tigers claimed Tuesday the 33-year-old Martinez ripped his left ACL last week. An MRI on Monday in Lakeland, FL, revealed the injury. The slugging appointed hitter will be evaluated again the next week, but the team totally expects Martinez to undergo surgery. Scores
Detroit won the AL Central by 15 games last year and reached the AL Championship Series behind Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Martinez. The Tigers suddenly confront a considerably murkier outlook for 2012. Las Vegas odds
“After you are feeling cheerless for yourself for a day or so you move on,” CEO Dave Dombrowski announced. “We have a good team. We’ve got a lot of players who will step up.”
Team trainer Kevin Rand asserted it’s going to be tough to guess when Martinez might come back after surgery.
“We get a timeline coming out of that,” he revealed.
Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBIs in 2011, helping Detroit win the division in his 1st season with the Tigers. He agreed a $50 million, 4 year deal before last season.
Martinez and Cabrera formed a dynamic duo in the central of the lineup, and executive manager Jim Leyland had hardly anything but nice facts to assert across the year in relation to Martinez’s optimistic action in the club.
Though he spent some time on the disabled listing early in the season with a correct groin issue, Martinez was still able to play 145 games. He was brought in to fill the DH spot and as well play occasionally after the plate, but he had a tricky time catching toward the closure of the season following wounding his left knee in August.
That injury was troublesome but not as major as this one. Martinez also hurt his ribcage in the postseason.
Detroit signed Gerald Laird latterly to back up catcher Alex Avila, but apart from that it’s been a calm offseason so far for the Tigers. They added reliever Octavio Dotel but saved their daily lineup mostly intact. With Martinez out, they may have to generate another move to act for his bat, although Dombrowski wasn’t tipping his hand really much.
Prince Fielder, slugging first baseman remains a free agent, but it’s confusing if the Tigers would like to produce a major financial commitment to a long term deal to replace the wounded Martinez.
“Most likely, I say its short term,” Dombrowski declared. “But I do not know that for certain. Is dependent upon what situation someone plays and who they are.”
Dombrowski did appear to shoot down the possibility that Cabrera might move from 1st base to 3rd, with another first baseman joining the crew.
“We’re not having a look at that as a full time selection,” he revealed.
Cabrera hit .344 with thirty home runs and 105 RBIs last season, and Avila hit .295 with 19 homers. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta as well had a fine year with the bat, hitting .299 with 21 homers. The Tigers may need all three to copy those productive functions in Martinez’s absence.
When Martinez was bought last offseason, Detroit was hunting for another big bat to support Cabrera. Martinez provided one, but outfielder Magglio Ordonez and second baseman Carlos Guillen wrestled with wounds, and neither was anticipated back with Detroit.
Detroit traded for outfielder Delmon Young last August, and the Tigers could get a lift if outfielder Brennan Boesch can stay good condition. Boesch hit 16 homers in 115 games last year, but he was closed down late in the season with an injured right thumb.
Young was one of three Tigers to avoid settlement and consent to agreements Tuesday, along with right-hander Max Scherzer and utilityman Don Kelly.
The club announced the one year deals Tuesday. Young gets $6,725,000; Scherzer concluded at $3.75 million; and Kelly receives $900,000.
Young hit .274 with 8 home runs and 32 RBIs in 40 games with Detroit after being purchased in an Aug. trade. He also hit 5 home runs in 34 postseason at-bats for the Tigers.
Scherzer started 33 games las t year, moving 15-9 with a 4.43 ERA.
Kelly assembled begins at first base, 3rd base and all 3 outfield positions last year. He also caught one or two innings and even pitched at the end of a blowout. Kelly hit .245 with seven homers.