Dombrowski not counting on V-Mart returning

Dombrowski not counting on V-Mart returning

BOSTON -- No, the Tigers weren't looking to add a major piece at the Trade Deadline, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday. However, Victor Martinez's situation didn't play a role in their decision.

If anything, their outlook on a Martinez comeback is less clear than it has been in some time. It isn't any new development so much as the general timetable, but the continued uncertainty at a time when the weeks left in the season are rapidly dwindling.

"We're not counting on it," Dombrowski said. "Is there a chance? I guess there's a chance, but we're not counting on it."

Martinez continues to rehab his surgically repaired left knee, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday, with no particular setback. However, his progress has been slow. At this point, as projected about a month ago, the best-case scenario is a mid-September return.

"He's just not quite ready yet," Dombrowski said. "He still needs some strengthening of his leg, and we're not going to be in a position where we take any chances with him. His leg is not quite ready from a strength perspective, the doctors say, to go out and really push it.

"May it be? It may be. Will that give him enough time to play? I do not know that. That's why we're not counting on it at this point."