DETROIT -- Joe Maddon's nightmare might come true.
After Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Tigers, Maddon said there was one
bright spot about facing a Detroit lineup that includes Miguel Cabrera
and Prince Fielder.
"At least they don't have Victor Martinez out there," Maddon said.
"They got Prince, and people forgot a little about V-Mart. You put him
out there with those guys? That's an absolutely phenomenal lineup."
When Maddon said that, he was thinking about 2013. After all, Martinez
is out for the season with a torn ACL, right?
The Tigers announced Wednesday that Dr. Richard Steadman did not have
to perform a full ACL reconstruction last week, but only did a small
procedure designed to help the ligament heal. That means that
Martinez's major concern is the microfracture surgery that was
performed on the injury on Jan. 27.
It is possible to return from microfracture surgery in as little as
seven months, which could have Martinez back in the Tigers lineup by
Labor Day. The next step will be an MRI in July to measure his rate of
On one level, Maddon doesn't have anything to worry about. The last
time the Rays play the Tigers in the regular season is at the end of
June -- long before Martinez's possible return.
Of course, the Tigers and Rays are both considered strong postseason
contenders. Will Maddon be seeing a trio of Fielder, Cabrera and
Martinez in October?
Suddenly, it is a possibilty.