Leonys Martin CF TEX 5 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 weeks 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.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 3 weeks ago

Martin finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the Rangers' loss to the Royals Sunday.

The Cuban has been seeing time in the outfield alongside Delino DeSheilds in the absence of Josh Hamilton and is now batting .352 with a home run, nine RBI and two stolen bases in his last nine appearances. Martin should continue to see regular playing time in Hamilton's absence and likely beyond if he continues to hit in addition to providing his stellar defense.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

Martin recorded six hits over his last four games, but he will sit out Wednesday with tough left-hander Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox. Delino DeShields will get the start in center field in Martin's place.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox.

Martin and Delino DeShields have been splitting playing time in center field, with DeShields getting the starts against lefties and some righties. There's been talk of DeShields playing some second base, which would likely leave a few more at-bats for Martin.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, according to Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake.

Martin and Delino DeShields have alternated the starts in center field of late, and that will remain the case Wednesday with DeShields getting the nod after sitting out Tuesday. With Josh Hamilton now entrenched in left field in Texas, and Shin-Soo Choo already playing every day in right field, expect Martin and DeShields to continue sharing the center field duties moving forward.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Martin's wrist sprain from earlier in May shouldn't be too much of a concern at this point, as he's likely just getting some rest. Delino DeShields will move over from left field and get the start in center.

Leonys Martin CF TEX 1 month ago

Martin is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox, Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake reports.

Martin was able to return to the lineup for the club's last two games after being sidelined with a wrist injury, but there's no indication that he suffered another setback at this point. Delino DeShields Jr. will once again shift over to center field while Kyle Blanks will draw the start in left field.