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Victor Martinez to begin baserunning program today

Jan 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

Victor Martinez is one year removed from tearing his ACL last January and he’s scheduled to begin a baserunning program today.

There was some hope that Martinez could make it back at the end of last season, but that was quickly ruled out and Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that the Tigers then changed his recovery timetable to “a slower, steadier rehabilitation program.”

Tigers trainer Kevin Rand told Henning that Martinez “is doing real, real well” and “has been hitting for a bit more than a month, from soft-toss swings to regular swings, feeling real well, and with no issues.”

Still, it’s interesting that one year after the injury Martinez is just now beginning to run the bases.

His days of catching are over, but adding a healthy Martinez to a lineup that already ranked sixth in scoring among AL teams last season could be a big boost to the Tigers. Martinez hit .330 with 12 homers, 40 doubles, and an .850 OPS for the Tigers in 2011, whereas Detroit’s designated hitters batted a combined .257 with a .687 OPS last year.

  1. townballblog - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    This is good stuff. One of the best hitting Catchers of all time (sorry, Vmart, that apparently is not good enough for the hall of fame).

    Glad they went slow and steady rather than force his return and risk re-injury.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      He always was slow and steady on the bases.

      • townballblog - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        Haha!

  2. El Bravo - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Can we say spring training has started?

    • townballblog - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      I wish. But nope, we gotta wait until “Truck Day.” Here is a pretty cool article about it.

      • townballblog - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        Sorry… http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110204&content_id=16572372&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

      • El Bravo - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        Woooo truck day! I think I’ll round up the Fast Five crew and our Tokyo Drift cars and we’ll commit a heist while one of those trucks is traveling on the interstate.

  3. cur68 - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    I am eagerly awaiting news of VMart’s BSOHL announcement.

    • timmmah10 - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      I expect that will be a Jhonny Peralta “BSOHL” Announcement, since Jhonny is on the trade block.

      Or there’s always the Prince Fielder one, the Alex Avila one… usually it’s someone who is usually out of shape on some level, or getting old.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Good news for the Tigers. I hope he bounces back and produces this season. He’s a bigger cog in the Tiger machine than people realize.
    -Mike
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

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