DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is off and running the bases.
The Tigers designated hitter has stepped up the running portion of rehabilitation after missing last season because of an injury to his left knee. He had micro-fracture surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered on Jan. 17, 2012.
Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand on Friday supervised Martinezs first running drills, which took place at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Rand said Martinez's full recovery Saturday allows the potent switch-hitter to stay on a schedule of three weekly baseball-running sessions.
Victor is not running at full speed, but he is running very well, Rand said Monday. We are doing low-volume right now with a warm up, turns at the bases, simulated running out of the batters box, and going from first to third.
"We will progress to medium-volume and high-volume workouts by going at higher speeds and giving him more reps.
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