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.