DETROIT (AP) — Days after learning Victor Martinez could miss the entire 2012 season with a knee injury, the Detroit Tigers began looking ahead to the challenge of replacing him.
Manager Jim Leyland was relatively at ease Thursday when discussing Martinez, who tore the ACL in his left knee last week. The Tigers are still considering their options, but Leyland says the team will find somebody “either internally or externally” to replace the productive designated hitter.
Detroit won the AL Central by 15 games last year and reached the AL championship series behind Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Martinez.
Cabrera admits Martinez is a “key player” but says he has confidence in Leyland and the organization.