Tigers may not need to seek sub for V-Mart
The Tigers got some good news on Tuesday, when designated hitter Victor Martinez underwent successful left knee surgery in Florida. He is expected to be able to resume full activity in four to six weeks, putting him on schedule to be ready for Opening Day on April 6.
“We are very happy the surgery went well and that Victor will be ready to compete for the start of the 2015 season,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement.
Barring any setbacks, Detroit won’t have to be without the veteran slugger for long, if at all. That probably means the club won’t be looking to the trade market for a temporary replacement, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck.
It obviously would have been difficult for the Tigers to find anyone who could replicate Martinez’s production, especially at this late stage. Martinez hit .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers and 103 RBIs last season, leading the league in OPS and finishing second in AL MVP voting. A free agent this offseason, he re-signed with Detroit for $68 million over four years in November.
— Andrew Simon