Detroit Tigers' designated hitter Victor Martinez needed surgery in October for a sports hernia, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.
Al Avila, the general manager of the Tigers, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon. He also stated that Martinez is nearly fully recovered and should be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Martinez will most likely be eased into activities during spring training.
Earlier this offseason, teams were "sniffing around" on the switch-hitter, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. However, the Tigers do not seem like trading Martinez is an option at this point.
Detroit's lineup will consist of Justin Upton, JaCoby Jones, J.D. Martinez, Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, James McCann, and Victor Martinez. The Tigers have a championship team on paper, but the team will have to put up good results on the field.
Since re-signing with Detroit on a four-year, $68 million deal in November 2014, the 38-year-old has slashed .270/.329/.427 with 38 home runs and 150 runs batted in in 274 games. Martinez, who has played for the Cleveland Indians (2002-2009), Boston Red Sox (2009-2010), and the Tigers (2011-2016), has owned a .302 batting average with 96 home runs and 439 runs batted in during 729 games with Detroit. Last season, the native of Venezuela slashed .289/.351/.476 with 27 home runs and 86 runs batted in in 154 games.null