Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Victor Martinez could be back by the end of this season

It’s been a tough couple weeks for the Tigers who’ve had to deal with losing streaks, inconsistent pitching and Delmon Young’s drunken racist New York City tirade last week.

However some potential good news for the team revolves around injured DH Victor Martinez.

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, doctors have given Martinez better than a 20% chance to return to the team later this season which is something V-Mart is running with.

“Doctors say there is a lot of chance to play at the end of the year,” Martinez said, sitting in front of his locker during his first trip to Comerica Park this regular season. “So like I say, keep your fingers crossed, keep working hard and see what happens. He gave me 20% before, now he’s giving me a good chance to come back at the end of the year.”

“Big hopes for the end of the year,” he said. “So we’ll see how it goes. Just keep working slow, just got to make sure you put the hard work in everyday. “

Martinez underwent microfracture surgery in late January to repair his injured knee and at this point it doesn’t seem like he will need follow-up surgery. If he would’ve needed the addition surgery on his knee Martinez would’ve had no shot at returning this season.

Last season in his first year with the Tigers Martinez hit .330 with 12 home runs and 103 RBI.

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