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Victor Martinez injury: Tigers' DH is 'pain free'

Detroit Tigers' designated hitter Victor Martinez is "pain free" and his recovery is coming along on schedule.

Gregory Shamus

Detroit Tigers' designated hitter Victor Martinez is not fully healthy just yet, but according to Brad Galli on Twitter, he is "pain free," and president Dave Dombrowski expects him to be "fine" at spring training.

Martinez missed the entirety of the 2012 season after injuring his left knee in offseason workouts in January. He had microfracture surgery on the knee following the injury and narrowly avoided having to get surgery on his ACL.

It's been reported that Martinez is swinging a bat and may start running soon. He's on track to be the designated hitter in 2012 if he suffers no setbacks. He will not play in the World Baseball Classic, but that doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't be ready for it. It would just be a precautionary move. Still, it's definitely good to see that Martinez has no pain this early on in the offseason. It seems likely that he would be good to go for spring training.