V-Mart tears left medial meniscus in workouts
For the second time in four years, Victor Martinez has suffered a major knee injury during offseason workouts. This one doesn’t appear to be as severe, but it’ll put the start of his season in question.
The Tigers announced Thursday that Martinez has torn the medial meniscus in left knee. Martinez tore the cartilage last week during workouts in Florida, and underwent an MRI and exam on Wednesday in Lakeland, where the extent of the injury became clear.
Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery next Tuesday at his clinic in Pensacola, Fla. The Tigers aren’t giving a timetable until then. Past timetables in baseball have been six to eight weeks, though Phillies slugger Ryan Howard missed the second half of the 2013 season after suffering a similar injury in July of that year.
Martinez, who turned 36 in December, finished runner-up to Mike Trout for American League MVP honors last year, batting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs. His presence was supposed to help balance the Tigers offense while Miguel Cabrera recovers from offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.