Victor Martinez Has Knee Procedure, Might Return By September

When Tigers slugger Victor Martinez tore his ACL doing offseason conditioning exercises, he underwent microfracture surgery in January and it was assumed he wouldn’t play at all in 2012. A second surgery had been scheduled for this week, but that was cancelled after Martinez got good news from his doctor and underwent a less invasive procedure:

The Detroit Tigers announced today that Dr. Richard Steadman assessed the ACL in Martinez’s knee and decided reconstruction surgery was not necessary. Steadman did perform a procedure to help the healing of the ACL.

The timetable for recovery from the microfracture surgery Martinez underwent January 27 is about seven months, the Tigers said. If that stands, Martinez could return to baseball activities in late August or early September.

The MLife.com article says that Martinez would undergo a MRI sometime in July, which would determine whether he could play this season at all.

For more on Martinez and the Tigers, please visit Bless You Boys and SB Nation Detroit.

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