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Victor Martinez undergoes successful knee surgery; to return in 4-6 weeks

The Tigers catch a lucky break, as Victor Martinez should be ready for the start of the season.

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The Detroit Tigers got some good news on Tuesday, as designated hitter Victor Martinez underwent successful surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, the club announced. The 36-year-old Martinez is now expected to "resume full activity" in 4-6 weeks, meaning he should be ready for Opening Day. The injury was sustained during an offseason workout, and the surgery (a medial menisectomy) was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida.

GM Dave Dombrowski expressed his optimism, stating "we are very happy the surgery went well and that Victor will be ready to compete for the start of the 2015 season."

Martinez certainly got lucky this time around, as he was facing a potential three month recovery. Three winters ago, Martinez was in much the same situation, as he tore his ACL in January of 2012. However, the injury would prove to be detrimental, keeping him out of play for the entire season.

This is also good news considering Detroit gave Martinez a four-year, $68 million deal in November, betting that his health would hold up throughout his late-30's. Martinez has been a key clog in Detroit's lineup since joining the club prior to the 2011 season, and enjoyed a career-year offensively in 2014, hitting .335/.409/.565 with a 166 wRC+, 32 home runs, and a 5.3 WAR. He led the league in OBP, OPS, and intentional walks, while setting career-highs in nearly every significant offensive category (including hits, home runs, OPS, and wRC+), en route to second place finish in AL MVP voting (his previous career high had been seventh place in 2007).

For Detroit, this means that the club will no longer have to look for a replacement, which likely would have required a trade or free agent signing due to the organization's lackluster position player depth beyond their terrific starting lineup.