Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/17/12

Detroit Tigers first baseman-catcher Victor Martinez was officially deemed out for the year after it was decided that his surgically-repaired left knee needs more time to get stronger, MLB.com reported Friday.

Martinez had the microfracture surgery in January and has missed the entire year. The team had hoped for a late-season return. Kevin Rand, the team's head trainer, said Friday that his entire leg needs further strengthening and that the goal is for Martinez to be ready for spring training in February.

"Victor's worked extremely hard, obviously, to give himself a shot to play this year," Rand said. "Unfortunately, the leg strength wasn't to a degree where we feel comfortable that the risk is worth the return. Basically, we're starting to look at 2013. He's going to continue the strength and conditioning. He's going to take a little time off from therapy because he has been working since January every single day. We're going to continue to address the single-leg strength, get that to where we feel comfortable beginning a running progression."

Rand said Martinez did not have a setback; he just did not progress quickly enough.

The team expects Martinez to be strong enough to begin running by November.

When Martinez was injured, the Tigers signed first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract.

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