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.