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Tigers | Victor Martinez has torn ACL

Detroit Tigers C Victor Martinez (knee) was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after undergoing an MRI exam. He injured his knee during an offseason workout last week and will likely miss the entire 2012 season. He will be re-evaluated next week and is expected to need surgery.

Fantasy Tip: Martinez retained catcher eligibility, so this is a big blow to the ranks of the elite - the rare backstop whom fantasy owners could count on to play in 145-plus games. That list is down to Carlos Santana and ... well, maybe Joe Mauer, maybe Mike Napoli, and maybe - maybe - Buster Posey. If you're willing to pay the price, Santana is clearly the top fantasy catcher already. The Tigers can use some combo of Delmon Young and Miguel Cabrera at DH, but that weakens their lineup. Don't be surprised if they pursue someone like Carlos Pena or Derrek Lee.

2012-01-17 12:37:51 | Source: Detroit Free Press - James Jahnke

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