Detroit Tigers’ designated hitter Victor Martinez has reportedly suffered a torn medial meniscus in his left knee according to the official Detroit Tigers’ Twitter account. Martinez will undergo surgery with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews next Tuesday. He underwent a micro-fracture procedure and had his ACL repaired in the same knee in 2012.
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According to Ideal Physical Therapy, the typical recovery time for a torn meniscus with surgery is 6-8 weeks. Therefore, Martinez’s return to baseball activities could come in mid-April. Ideally, he should be back with the Tigers by May. However, the injury is more concerning due to his past knee operations. The Tigers will provide an update next week after the surgery.
Martinez, 36, is coming off his best statistical season in the majors. He had a 5.6 offensive WAR and clubbed 32 home runs with 102 RBI and a .335 batting average. His numbers earned him a second place finish in the AL MVP voting.
The Tigers resigned Martinez to a four year, $68 million deal in the off-season.