According to a report on CBS Sports, Detroit Tigers slugger Victor Martinez has experienced a setback with his rehabilitation from knee surgery and will not be returning in mid-August as was originally projected. Citing sources in the report, Martinez is now a "50-50 shot" to return at all this season.
Despite this, the Tigers fully expect Martinez to return next season to act as the team's designated hitter.
However, the team is now reportedly interested in trying to acquire a middle-of-the-order right-handed bat prior to the 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline on Tuesday.
According to CBS Sports, the search isn't going well:
The Tigers talked to the Mets at one point about Scott Hairston, but were put off by a price that included one of their top five prospects. They've considered Alfonso Soriano of the Cubs, but that seems unlikely, as well.