ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez underwent a follow-up MRI exam that showed improvement in his injured left knee.
Martinez, who had microfracture surgery in January and had the medial and lateral meniscus in the knee repaired, was examined Thursday by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo. The best-case scenario for Martinez to return this season is mid-to-late September.
Also, right-hander Al Alburquerque, on the 60-day disabled list following right elbow surgery, is scheduled to throw batting practice two more times before being re-evaluated to see if hes ready to pitch in minor league games.
Around the leagues
The White Sox purchased the contract of left-hander Leyson Septimo from Triple-A Charlotte and have designated reliever Will Ohman for assignment. The Yankees purchased the contract of right-hander Adam Warren from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and hell take ace CC Sabathias turn in the rotation today. Jacoby Ellsbury and Scott Podsednik will begin rehab assignments in Bostons minor-league system today. Philadelphias Ryan Howard began a rehab assignment with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. He hit two singles and grounded out.