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Tigers’ Martinez Likely Out for the 2012 Season

Comstock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Last year's defending AL Central champs suffered a tough blow on Tuesday, when news came out that their catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez will likely miss the entire 2012 season after he injured his left knee while conditioning.

Tigers’ officials said on Tuesday that Martinez tore his left ACL last week.  The 33-year-old went for an MRI on Monday which revealed the tear.

He will go for an evaluation again next week, but sources say the team expects Martinez to need surgery from which it will take the entire season to recover.

"After you feel sorry for yourself for a day or so, you move on," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We have a good club. We've got a lot of players who will step up."

Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBIs in 2011. He signed a $50 million, four-year contract before last season.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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