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Victor Martinez “really happy” with first game action since knee surgery

Feb 22, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez AP

Victor Martinez saw his first game action today since knee surgery ended his 2012 season before it even began and felt pretty good despite going 0-for-2 against the Braves.

Martinez, who will stick to designated hitter this year and not see any time behind the plate for the Tigers, told Chris Iott of

I’m going to go home really happy. I thought I made good contact. I saw the ball good. It felt good … Honestly, I’m not really thinking about the knee. I’m just letting the fans know, I’m not thinking about it. I come to spring training now like I used to be: just getting ready to get to the season.

Last season Tigers designated hitters combined for a .257 batting average and .687. Martinez hit .330 with an .850 OPS in 2011 and has never posted an OPS below .800 in a full season.

  1. godsmacked1 - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Detroit needs some good news…

  2. motherscratcher23 - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Good news for Victor. We still love him in Cleveland and I hope he has a monster year…

    …for the second place Tigers of course.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Bring it.

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Look at the chemistry in that picture!

    (BTW, you might mention that V-Mart went 0-2 but that he was hbp in his first attempt.)

  4. mgscott - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Vmart is one of the good guys in sports.

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