“I don’t want to say it was a surprise,” Dave Dombrowski told the Associated Press. “We knew it was a possibility.”
All of the injuries happened at the same time he tore his ACL during off-season conditioning.
This is pretty significant since most optimistic minds thought that he would be having ACL reconstruction surgery NOW and not in two months, even though the Tigers had cautioned that they wouldn’t know the extent of the damage until they went in and looked at the knee. This simply means that there is probably no way that he could be ready to play this year.
However, Martinez should still be able to return without trouble in 2013. In fact, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, the extra surgery could repair some wear-and-tear damage to the knee, and even make him stronger when he comes back.
The Tigers’ press release states:
The preliminary surgery on Friday went well according to Dr. Steadman and he is optimistic Martinez will be ready to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee in approximately six-to-eight weeks. The Tigers continue to expect Martinez to be sidelined for the 2012 season.