Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 week ago

Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin will have the hamate bone removed from his right wrist Wednesday, and he will not be able to hit again this season, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Martin will reportedly still be able to serve as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement in two weeks, but he has been given a full recovery timetable of 4-to-6 weeks. The 27-year-old's role was murky even before the injury, as Delino DeShields had usurped the starting center field position due to his superior offensive production atop the lineup. Martin's stellar defense could eventually still earn him a call-up when rosters expand in September, but it is unclear what the team's plans will be. He is at least two weeks away from any sort of baseball activity, which will give the team a little more time to decide whether to bring him up or not.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

The Texas Rangers optioned outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Martin had started just three of the last 16 games.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports.

Delino DeShields has taken over as the regular center fielder, leaving Martin as one of baseball's better fourth outfielders. Martin may still have a long-term future with the team as an everyday player, as his glove and speed largely make up for his mediocre bat.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

With Delino DeShields back from the disabled list, Martin's starts in center field will likely drop dramatically moving forward. He's now out of the lineup for a third straight day, and could continue to sit, especially when lefties are scheduled. However, it appears to be a soft platoon that favors DeShields, as he'll start Wednesday against the right-handed Jeremy Hellickson.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, John Blake of the Rangers' official site reports.

With Josh Hamilton (groin) returning to the lineup, the Rangers don't have room for both Martin and Delino DeShields in the outfield. The two platooned in center field earlier this season, but DeShields has already made a strong case to take some of Martin's playing time against right-handers. With Martin still struggling badly at the plate, DeShields may have a shot to become an everyday starter.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin was out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Martin is faring similarly against same-handed pitching this season (.586 OPS vs. lefties, .597 vs. righties), but neither mark is close to the .689 OPS he posted in 2015. The disappointing performance could result in Martin losing at-bats in the weeks to come, especially now that promising rookie Delino DeShields (hamstring) is back from the DL.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin is out of Saturday;s lineup against the Blue Jays, per the Rangers VP of Communications John Blake.

Martin's playing time was already a concern due to his bat, but the Rangers are now plugging in large person Joey Gallo to fill in for him. This shows just how much Martin has to worry about when Josh Hamilton and Delino Deshields.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin could end up losing playing time when both Josh Hamilton and Delino DeShields return if Martin's hitting doesn't improve, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Hamilton would presumably play center field in that scenario, though it appears that Martin is still the preferred option in center field if he's able to hit even a little bit.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 2 months ago

Martin finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the White Sox.

After a strong start to the month, the Cuban had gone six games without a hit before Sunday's performance. Martin should continue to see daily playing time as long as Delino DeShields and Josh Hamilton are out with injuries, but will need to show some consistency to retain a large role once the Rangers' outfield is healthy.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 3 months ago

Martin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Twins.

The Cuban has really turned it up a notch in the last two weeks, batting .354 with a home run, nine RBI and four steals. Martin has reclaimed a full-time role after losing playing time to Delino DeShields and Josh Hamilton recently, and is a candidate to move up in the order if DeShields misses any time after injuring his hamstring Sunday.