Tigers' Martinez out

Posted: January 18, 2012

DETROIT TIGERS star Victor Martinez has injured his left knee and is likely to miss most of the 2012 season.

The Tigers said yesterday that the 33-year-old Martinez tore his left ACL last week during offseason conditioning.

The team said the slugging designated hitter will be re-examined next week and surgery is expected.

Martinez hit .330 with 103 RBI in 2011, helping Detroit win the AL Central in his first season with the Tigers. He signed a $50 million, 4-year contract before last season.

In other baseball news:

* Boston outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist and could miss Opening Day.

* Veteran Craig Counsell announced his retirement and took a front-office job with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he concluded his 15-year career.

* Former St. Louis manager Whitey Herzog said he is feeling better after a fall left him hospitalized for more than 3 weeks.

* In 1-year contracts that avoided arbitration: Atlanta agreed on deals with with outfielder Michael Bourn, pitcher Jair Jurrjens and reliever Eric O'Flaherty; the Los Angeles Dodgers with outfielder Andre Ethier and first baseman James Loney; Tampa Bay with centerfielder B.J. Upton and pitchers David Price and Burke Badenhop; Boston with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury; San Francisco with outfielder Melky Cabrera; Houston with starter J.A. Happ; Pittsburgh with pitcher Jeff Karstens; Seattle with pitcher Jason Vargas. For a complete list of signings, see accompanying baseball deals on this page.

* San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration and was offered $17 million by the Giants.

College Football * 

Prized quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel, of Columbus, Ind., has decided to go to Notre Dame.

* Michigan dismissed wide receiver Darryl Stonum, who was sentenced to 10 days in jail earlier this month after violating probation in a drunken-driving case.

* Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested on a marijuana possession charge in Florida. Kirkpatrick is regarded as a potential top 10 NFL draft pick. The second-team All-American announced last week he was skipping his senior season with the national champions to enter the draft.

Philly File * 

Tickets for the Soul's April 1 home opener will go on sale Monday, Jan. 30. Contact the team's sales department at 215-253-4900 (ext. 3) or visit www.philadelphiasoul.com for more ticket information. The Soul opens the season with a pair of road games before Cleveland visits the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, April 1.

Sport Stop * 

PGA golfer Steve Thomas is among 40 suspects arrested in central Florida as part of an underage sex-sting operation. Osceola County Sheriff's detectives said Thomas was charged with traveling to seduce an underage girl and using a computer to entice a legal guardian or parent to commit sex acts on an underage girl.

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