Martinez to miss weeks, not months

MARTINEZ: Detroit DH Victor Martinez during batting practice prior to a 2014 game. (Detroit Free Press photo)

MARTINEZ: Detroit DH Victor Martinez during batting practice prior to a 2014 game. (Detroit Free Press photo)

Tigers’ DH out 4-6 weeks after surgery

DETROIT — Victor Martinez’s surgery on his left knee was a success.

The Detroit Tigers designated hitter underwent a successful medial meniscectomy Tueaday and will resume full activity in 4-6 weeks, the Tigers said.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.

We are very happy the surgery went well and that Victor will be ready to compete for the start of the 2015 season,” president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a release.

Martinez, 36, tore the medial meniscus in his left knee two weeks ago while participating in baseball activity.

After a MRI report on Wednesday revealed no cause for concern from the doctors that saw the results, the Tigers remained optimistic about their star designated hitter’s return.

But they couldn’t know for sure, not until Andrews operated on Martinez’s knee today.

According to medical experts, the procedure most likely to have occurred was that the meniscus was trimmed out of his left knee. If the meniscus needed to be repaired, it would have been more of a lengthy recovery for Martinez.

Martinez finished second in American League MVP voting in 2014.

He signed a four-year, $68 million deal with the Tigers in November.

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