Martinez's elbow surgery successful

Martinez's elbow surgery successful

CLEVELAND -- Indians catcher Victor Martinez underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Friday afternoon at the Strongsville branch of the Cleveland Clinic.

"I heard it went well," manager Eric Wedge said.

The 45-minute procedure to remove loose bodies and clean up the right elbow joint was performed by Indians team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz. Martinez, who is expected to miss six to eight weeks, will begin rehabilitation Saturday at Progressive Field.

The elbow started bothering Martinez in mid-May. He played with the injury, but he had to leave Wednesday night's game after a first-inning at-bat. Martinez winced in pain after taking a swing. He stayed in the game and grounded out, but was removed before the second inning.

Martinez received an MRI exam Thursday that revealed the bad news. He had been playing with a sore left hamstring suffered running the bases on Opening Day. Martinez was batting .278 with no homers and 21 RBIs in 198 at-bats.

After batting .350 in April, Martinez hit .221 in May and was batting .200 in June. He said he felt pain every time he extended his arm to take a swing.

With Martinez sidelined, Kelly Shoppach has taken over the everyday catching duties. On Thursday, the Indians purchased the contract of Yamid Haad from Triple-A Buffalo to serve as the backup.

Steve Herrick is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.