June 28th, 2012

V-Mart’s knee good, but no return before September

The MRI results on Victor Martinez’s surgically repaired left knee were positive, according to Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, but his left leg strength isn’t quite there. Thus, he’ll go on what Rand called a single-leg strengthening program that will take up the month of July. If all goes well, he’ll start a running progression in August while gradually picking up baseball activities.

Bottom line, Martinez is still on track for a September return, but maybe not the grand stretch-run that has been speculated.

“Our best-case scenario for a return for him would be sometime around mid to late September,” Rand said.

It might not be what many were hoping, but as Rand pointed, they’re not just dealing with a return for this year. They’re looking at next year and the year after that.

Thursday: Tigers at Rays

Glad to be in cool, temperate Florida (compared to Texas, anyway).

Alex Avila is back behind the plate again. Ramon Santiago replaces Ryan Raburn at second.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Quintin Berry, LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Brennan Boesch, RF
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Max Scherzer

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