How do you replace a guy that hit .330 with 12 home runs, 103 RBI and an on-base percentage of .380, who only struck out 51 times in 540 at-bats and who was both a calming and energizing veteran influence in the clubhouse?
The Detroit Tigers are going to have to figure that out because designated hitter Victor Martinez tore the ACL in his left knee during an offseason workout.
During a conference call with the media Tuesday, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand discussed the injury and the aftermath.
"It happened last week when he was doing agility drills as part of his conditioning program," Rand said. "He was doing lateral movements, his right foot slipped and all his weight fell on his left knee."
Rand said Martinez iced the knee and then called him over the weekend. Rand set up a meeting with a doctor in Lakeland, and an MRI done Monday revealed the tear.
The Tigers announced Martinez would be re-evaluated by Dr. Richard ...