Dombrowski: Martinez Should Be Healthy In 2013

–DH Victor Martinez underwent microfracture surgery and got repairs to both the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee Jan. 27, delaying a second surgery to fix his torn ACL by six to eight weeks. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., who prefers the two-stage repairs because it gives the first operation time to heal and enhances the recovery time for the second. The injury will keep Martinez out for the whole of the 2012 season. “There has been no indication that it will affect 2013 whatsoever,” GM Dave Dombrowski. “In 2012, we’ll be in a position where we know he won’t play, but 2013, there should be no difficulty in that regard.”

–CF Austin Jackson “is the biggest key to our offense this year,” manager Jim Leyland told Detroit radio station WDFN on Feb. 2. “The big boys (Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder) are keys, obviously, but if Jackson cuts down on his strikeouts and gets on base a lot, we’re going to have one heck of an offense. It sounds crazy, but Jackson (at leadoff) is the biggest key as it stands today. If he gets on base, Brennan Boesch can pull the ball through the hole — and with great speed, Jackson can always go first to third. If it doesn’t go the way we want, we might have to make an adjustment.”

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