Will he be back in August? Will it be September? Or not at all this season?

The next step in the recovery from left knee surgery for designated hitter Victor Martinez takes place today when he undergoes an MRI to determine the extent of his progress.

This is not, however, an MRI dictated by Martinez's improvement. It's one that has been scheduled all along to monitor his progress.

But if it's close to as encouraging as the last MRI he had — it revealed Martinez wouldn't require a second knee surgery — the path for his return before the regular season ends will be clearer.