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Tigers expect Victor Martinez to be ready for spring training

After missing the 2012 season, the Detroit Tigers expect DH Victor Martinez to be ready when spring training starts for the 2013 season.

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Tigers expect Victor Martinez in spring training

Dave Dombrowski expects Martinez to return from his knee injury in time for spring training.

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Victor Martinez Injury: Tigers DH Won't Return In 2012

The Detroit Tigers have officially snuffed out any hopes that catcher and designated hitter Victor Martinez will return in 2012, either for the remainder of the regular season, or if the Tigers should happen to reach the postseason.

James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that Tigers manager Jim Leyland has put the kibosh on any rumors that Martinez would be able to return in 2012.

"Don't look for Victor, we've said that 1,000 times. Victor Martinez will not play for the Tigers in 2012, I do not think."

Meanwhile, Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich. reported that Tigers trainer Kevin Rand says that Martinez "ran out of time" to be able to attempt a return in 2012 and that both Rand and Martinez are beginning to focus on getting the player ready for 2013.

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Victor Martinez Injury Update: Tigers Trainer Focused On 2013 Return

There was hope that Victor Martinez might be able to return to the Detroit Tigers' lineup at some point this season, a bit of a quick timetable for his comeback after the designated hitter tore his ACL in January. As the weeks pass by, however, it seems as though a 2013 return is much more likely.

Just a couple of weeks ago the odds were thought to be about 50-50 that Martinez would return this season, but it seems as though the Tigers' trainers have now decided to focus on the remaining two years left on his contract rather than hurrying him back this season.

Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand explained the situation to MLB.com:

"We were hopeful," Rand said. "I was hopeful at the point in time at the end of July that he would test out a little bit better than what he did. Unfortunately, you just don't know in those instances."

Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBIs for Detroit in 2011. He is signed with the club through '14.

"To me, I'm looking at this from the standpoint -- we have 2013, 2014," Rand said. "I'd love to have him here. But by the same token, you can't put him at risk for those two years."

It's probably a better idea to focus on getting him healthy for the next two seasons rather than risk re-injury, but it's still tough to have one of the team's top hitters sit on the bench for an entire season.

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Victor Martinez Injury: Tigers Slugger Out Of Action Until September

While he has made significant progress after tearing his left ACL in January, injured Detroit Tigers slugger Victor Martinez still has a way to go before returning to the field, making Mike Illitch's bold proclamation of an August return appear entirely too optimistic. Chris Iott of MLive.com spoke with Tigers trainer Kevin Rand on Thursday to gauge V-Mart's status:

The hope that Martinez would arrive in late August and provide that one big spark to somehow pull Detroit into playoff contention is nothing but a pipe dream now, which is a complete shame. But at the same time, the fact that this news comes now is especially valuable for Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski as he explores trade options, knowing full well that his .300-plus hitter might not even be back in time to play a role in the playoff race at all.

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Victor Martinez Undergoes Microfracture Surgery On Left Knee; ACL To Be Repaired In 6-8 Weeks

Any Tigers fans who were holding out hope that Victor Martinez might be able to recover from his ACL tear in time to make a late-season contribution can move on to other dreams now.

Martinez underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last Friday, according to several reports, with doctors also repairing his medial and lateral meniscus. The procedure to reconstruct that torn ACL won’t take place for another six to eight weeks. That effectively ends any chance — which was slim to begin with — of Martinez playing for the Tigers in 2012.

Of most concern is that Martinez’s knee injury was far more serious than originally diagnosed. The initial ACL tear that was thought to take him out for the season hasn’t even been repaired yet. The microfracture and meniscus repair procedures had to be done first.

Microfracture surgery has been a difficult procedure for many athletes to recover from. Carlos Guillen and Clete Thomas both took a full year to come back, and neither one has recovered to full strength as of yet.

In other sports, Chris Webber was never the same player after microfracture surgery. And while Amare Stoudamire has come back to be an effective player, he had to change his game as he was nowhere near the explosive dunker he used to be.

Fortunately for the Tigers, they don’t need Martinez to dunk a basketball during the final two years of his contract. However, with the kind of damage sustained to that left knee, it’s not unreasonable to question whether or not Martinez will be at full strength for spring training in 2013. But since there’s now no doubt that Martinez is out for 2012, he can get as much rest and rehabilitation as he needs without trying to push for a quicker comeback.

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported that he's been told Martinez is expected to be ready for 2013, despite the microfracture surgery. In fact, Martinez's knee could be even stronger, as the procedure to repair the medial and lateral meniscus took care of wear and tear that had developed.

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Prince Fielder Expected To Bat Fourth For Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers added another power hitter to the lineup this week when they signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal worth an estimated $214 million. That has caused a couple of good problems for Tigers manager Jim Leyland, however, as he has to decide which slugger should bat in the fourth spot in the batting order each game.

Leyland was non-committal on that earlier in the week, however, saying he wasn't sure how it was going to work out.

"Somebody asked me the question," Leyland said last Wednesday at Toledo Mud Hens Fandemonium. "Does this have an effect on Miguel Cabrera hitting third or fourth? Most likely, sure, it probably does. But I don't have the answer how it's going to work out just yet."

Leyland had a couple of days to think about it, though, and he's apparently decided on his lineup according to the transcript of Thursday afternoon's press conference provided by MLive.

2:40 p.m.: Leyland on Tigers' projected lineup: Jackson, leadoff; Boesch second; Cabrera, third; Fielder, fourth: Young, fifth; Avila, sixth; Peralta, seventh; Kelly-Dirks-Thomas, eighth; Raburn, ninth.

It would have been pretty difficult to make a mistake in this circumstance, but having Cabrera hit third, Fielder fourth and Delmon Young in the fifth spot is going to make things difficult on opposing pitching staffs.

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Prince Fielder Agrees To Sign With Tigers, According To Report

The Detroit Tigers suffered one of the major hits of the offseason for any team when Victor Martinez went down with a huge injury that put him out of next season, but now it looks like they've found a suitable replacement. Jon Heyman is reporting that the team agreed to a deal with Prince Fielder on a huge nine-year, $214 million contract. Fielder was considered the top free agent available and, as such, many figured he would be out of the Tigers' price range.

Some even said he wouldn't be a good fit immediately after Martinez went down, again, likely due to the fact that he'd come with such a high price tag. That being said, he did end up making less than the deal that Albert Pujols received this offseason from the Angels, a $240-million, 10-year deal.

Many thought that the Rangers, Mariners and Nationals were the top candidates to land Fielder's services. He hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games a year ago for the Brewers. He's 27 years-old and has been incredibly consistent over the last few seasons.

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