Victor Martinez Out For Season With Torn ACL

January 30th: Martinez had "microfracture surgery and repairs to both the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee on Friday," announced the Tigers.  The Tigers expect him to have ACL reconstruction surgery in about six-to-eight weeks, which will sideline him for all of 2012.  After losing Martinez, the Tigers moved quickly to sign Prince Fielder to a nine-year deal.

January 17th: Catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during his off-season conditioning last week, according to the Tigers.  Surgery is anticipated, which the Tigers say would cost Martinez the 2012 season.

The Tigers are holding a conference call in about a half hour, at which point we should hear about their plans to replace Martinez after the unfortunate injury.


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266 Comments on "Victor Martinez Out For Season With Torn ACL"


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3 years 5 months ago

paging Vlad Guerrero?

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wrestlingcritic
3 years 5 months ago

a possibility i suppose

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inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

Gross.

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Victor Kipp
3 years 5 months ago

Carlos Pena makes the most sense.  He plays great D and Cabrera does not. Pena can be the 1st baseman and Cabrera can DH against righties playing 1st against lefties.

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Jay
3 years 5 months ago

Clearly you do NOT watch the Tigers. The proof is your asinine statement that Cabrera doesn’t play good D, which is false. Cabby’s D has been getting better and better each season, and he’s made some fantastic plays very routinely. He may have been a lousy third-baseman, but that’s not the case with his first-base play.

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RestoreTheRoar
3 years 5 months ago

I feel the same way…his FPCT was just .002 less than Pena’s, and his range factor was actually higher.

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cubs223425
3 years 5 months ago

But how good is he at the most important aspect of 1B defense–receiving throws and saving bad ones from going by him?

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RestoreTheRoar
3 years 5 months ago

He’s not the best, but he’s not the worst either.

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cubs223425
3 years 5 months ago

Pena is seen as a pretty good guy on that front. I’ve sen him save quite a few throws. Since this is the biggest thing a 1B deals with defensively, I’d rather have the superior receiver than a minute increase in range.

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Tigers94
3 years 5 months ago

The Tigers would never DH Cabrera just for 1 year for a guy not much a better defender than him

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RestoreTheRoar
3 years 5 months ago

Cabby had 5 more errors than Pena with 300 more plays on the season. On top of that, Miguel hits closer to 300 when he DH’s vs 330 when he plays 1B.

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playedthegame
3 years 5 months ago

Maybe so, but i’d rather .330 to .190….

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bjsguess
3 years 5 months ago

Improving is the not the same as being good.

Still was 4 runs below average last year … and that was his good year. Cabrera is a subpar fielding 1st baseman. Fact is nobody cares because his bat is so freaking amazing.

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Jason_F
3 years 5 months ago

It’s really not much of a stretch to say that Cabrera is not a good defender.  I think your opinion is more a product of seeing Cabrera far more than any other first baseman rather than being based on actual comparison.  Players like Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Teixeira and Derek Lee are excellent defensive first baseman.  Cabrera may have improved over the course of time, but a good defender he is not.  He is obviously slow and, like the poster below stated, he does not excel at saving bad throws.  Cabrera is a great player, don’t get me wrong, but let’s not pretend that defense is one of his specialties.

For what it’s worth, his four year UZR/150 (a significant sample size) ranks as the 5th worst figure among players with 2500 innings played at first base.

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3 years 5 months ago

People forget that Cabrera was a SS in the minors.  A shortstop.

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Jason_F
3 years 5 months ago

…and people like you neglect to mention that he has put on at least 55 pounds and wasn’t a good shortstop or third baseman to begin with.  This isn’t the gold glove voting, guys, offense doesn’t beget good defense.

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Marktown
3 years 5 months ago

Are you sure that SS is a shortstop?

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playedthegame
3 years 5 months ago

Are you sure you didn’t mean “BACKSTOP”?  Sorry, couldn’t pass it up…

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Thomas Wilson
3 years 5 months ago

Seth Smith for Turner

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Ohiowa
3 years 5 months ago

Seth Smith is already gone….

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Thomas Wilson
3 years 5 months ago

oh it would be Beane on that trade, DOD hates Smith, realistically Manny would be an interesting DH replacement

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Devern Hansack
3 years 5 months ago

It was always Johnny Damon’s dream to do a second stint for the Detroit Tigers.

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canteenboy
3 years 5 months ago

Jacob Turner to the Jays for Adam Lind and one of Bret Cecil or Kyle Drabek

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Redsoxn8tion
3 years 5 months ago

That’s horrible news. V-Mart is an awesome player. Best of luck to him in his recovery.

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Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 5 months ago

wow!

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MadmanTX
3 years 5 months ago

Sorry for V-Mart and sorry for the Tigers. That sounds like a freaky injury.

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danorage
3 years 5 months ago

That is a huge bummer! let’s go Damon!

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wrestlingcritic
3 years 5 months ago

o hell no not again