When doctors revealed that Victor Martinez did not require full reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, it meant there was a possibility of him returning to the team by August or September. After all, the minor operation he had in January would only need about six months for recovery rather than a full year.
Martinez is finally off his crutches, was in the clubhouse on Monday and Tuesday, and doctors are saying that there's a "good chance" he could return to the lineup by September.
If Martinez does indeed return for the stretch run, imagine a lineup of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder (who was signed under the impression Martinez would be out for the season), and Martinez heading into the playoffs. The Tigers offense is going to start clicking without Martinez, but once he's back, look out.