Victor Martinez was a visitor in Lakeland today before the Tigers' Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves (as was his seven-year-old son Victor Jose). Martinez was on crutches, of course, as he is recovering from January microfracture surgery on his injured left knee and awaiting surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament. According to the Detroit Free Press, Martinez will have that surgery on April 4, a day before the Tigers open their hopefully-memorable 2012 season against Boston.
While Martinez is down about not being able to be with the team this season, he's looking forward to not missing a beat when he rejoins the team in 2013:
Martinez, 33, is signed with the Tigers through 2014. He said he didn’t fear that at his age he’ll lose some of his ability because he must sit out a full season.
"I would be concerned if I was a guy who never worked," Martinez said. "I know I’m going to get back in and keep rolling with the team. I’m not even one percent concerned about it. I’m a guy who always works hard. If this is going to change anything, it’s going to make me work even harder."