Martinez has knee surgery, will need 2nd operation

Victor Martinez had knee surgery and will need a second

operation, another indication he is likely to miss the entire 2012

season.

The Detroit Tigers star had microfracture surgery Friday to

repair the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee.

”I don’t want to say it was a surprise,” team president and

general manager Dave Dombrowski said. ”We knew it was a

possibility.”

Martinez is projected to have anterior cruciate ligament

reconstruction surgery on the same knee in six-to-eight weeks, the

procedure that was previously expected.

The team announced Monday that he was expected to be out for the

year.

When the Tigers revealed two weeks ago that Martinez tore his

left ACL during offseason conditioning, they said the designated

hitter would ”most likely be lost,” for the 2012 season.

The first of two operations was done last week by Dr. Richard

Steadman in Vail, Colo.

”We didn’t know the full extent of the damage for sure until

Dr. Steadman got in there,” Dombrowski said. ”He’s the resident

expert in the world on knees, and he feels it is more important to

correct cartilage before the ACL to get the best results.”

Detroit signed Prince Fielder last week to make up for the loss

of Martinez, investing $214 million over nine years in the free

agent slugger.

Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBIs in 2011, helping the Tigers win

the division in his first season with them. He signed a $50

million, four-year contract before last season.

Fielder matched his career-high .299 batting average last year –

his seventh with the Milwaukee Brewers – with 38 home runs and 120

RBIs. He finished among the top five in AL MVP voting for the third

time.

Detroit won the AL Central by 15 games last year, advanced past

the New York Yankees in the playoffs and was eliminated by Texas in

Game 6 of the AL championship series.