Victor Martinez took batting practice Monday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in mid-February and felt good enough to create some optimism that the Tigers designated hitter could be ready for Opening Day.
Martinez is currently four weeks into what was initially a 4-6 week recovery timetable for a torn meniscus in his left knee. He’s avoided any setbacks, but stopped short of targeting Opening Day, telling Jason Beck of MLB.com:
I don’t know anything about that … Just thank god everything is going good. We will see what happens.
Martinez re-signed with the Tigers on a four-year, $68 million deal as a free agent this offseason after hitting .335 with 32 homers and a career-high .974 OPS at age 35.