DETROIT -- While the city was welcoming Prince Fielder back home Thursday for Opening Day, the man whose injury led to Fielder's return was waiting for the next step in his road back.
The Tigers were awaiting an update Thursday from doctors on Victor Martinez, who was scheduled to have his second and final surgery this week to repair his left knee.
Nearly three months have passed since Martinez blew out his anterior cruciate ligament during agility workouts at home in Orlando, Fla., but the injury was bad enough that he needed two surgeries nearly two months apart. He had microfracture surgery in February to repair damage to his meniscus, but he needed six or seven weeks of recovery before doctors could repair his ACL.
Martinez is expected to miss the entire season. With his bat out, the Tigers are planning on a rotation at designated hitter. Ryan Raburn started there on Thursday, with Andy Dirks expected to DH on Saturday.