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Martinez Doesn't Need Season-Ending Surgery, Return Possible

Apr 11, 2012 1:58 PM EST

Victor Martinez doesn't need reconstructive surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, which has opened the door for a return this season.

The Tigers lost Martinez when he underwent microfracture surgery in January and had the medial and lateral meniscus in his left knee repaired.

Detroit manager Jim Leyland says it's "as good a news as (Martinez) could have got" -- but insists it's too early to speculate on a timetable for his return.

Martinez will have an MRI in July that will determine when he may be able to return.

Via Associated Press