Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/29/12
All along, it was wishful thinking to believe that injured designated hitter Victor Martinez could return to the Detroit Tigers' lineup by late July. The news was fostered by the April announcement that Martinez would not need ACL surgery on the left knee that he injured in an offseason workout, an injury that required microfracture surgery. And when Martinez showed up in the Tigers' clubhouse for a pair of early-season series, he came wearing a metal brace over the left knee and walking with little or no trace of a limp. Couple that with the dreadful time Detroit was having scoring runs, and it was a bright ray of sunshine in a clubhouse full of offensive gloom to see Martinez walking around nearly normally. Why, the thinking went, in no time at all, Martinez will be able to come back and add his run-producing bat to the lineup. But reality set in Thursday even in the midst of a positive report on the condition of his knee. "He's doing very well there," trainer Kevin Rand...
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