Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez opted for a minor healing procedure over full reconstructive surgery on his torn ACL, shortening his recovery time considerably and potentially allowing him to return this season. Via ESPN Baseball Analyst Jim Bowden:
Dave Dombrowski just told us that there is a possibility Victor Martinez could return to the Tigers in Aug/Sept based on latest medicals— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) April 20, 2012
Martinez, 33, tore the ACL in his left knee in January during an offseason conditioning workout. Last season, Martinez hit .330 with 40 doubles and 12 home runs to go with 103 RBI.
Martinez underwent microfracture surgery on the same knee in January, with doctors also repairing his medial and lateral meniscus.