Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 2 Months

Leonys Martin (neck) is out of the Rangers' starting lineup again on Thursday against the Tigers.

Martin has been absent from the Texas batting order for three straight games because of minor neck soreness. He is available off the bench Thursday afternoon in Detroit and should return to the lineup on Friday night.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 2 Months

Leonys Martin (neck) was used as a defensive replacement in the Rangers' win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

Martin was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight day because of neck soreness that he blamed on a bad hotel pillow. It's obviously not too serious.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 2 Months

Leonys Martin returned to action on Wednesday May 21.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 2 Months

Leonys Martin (neck) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Wednesday.

He's now missed two straight game with a neck ailment. The Rangers are still considering Martin day-to-day for the time being. Michael Choice is starting in center field Wednesday.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 2 Months

Leonys Martin was scratched from the Rangers' lineup Tuesday versus the Mariners due to neck pain.

It's not believed to be a major issue. Martin has two homers and nine steals in 42 games this season.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 3 Months

Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer Friday against the Red Sox.

Martin didn't get a real look in the two hole during Elvis Andrus's brief demotion -- largely because the Rangers are already lefty heavy at the top of the order -- but he doesn't need to hit second in order to be of use in mixed leagues; he's still pretty good batting eighth. The homer tonight off Chris Capuano was his second ever against a left-hander.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 3 Months

Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Rangers' 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

It's kind of disappointing that Rangers manager Ron Washington won't use Martin as a leadoff hitter even with Shin-Soo Choo out, especially considering that it was expected to be Martin's role prior to the Choo signing. Martin has performed like a leadoff hitter, with a .312 average and six steals in 23 games this season. However, he's scored a modest nine runs while mostly hitting eighth in the lineup.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 3 Months

Leonys Martin homered, tripled and drove home four runs, leading the Rangers in a 12-0 rout of the White Sox in Texas on Friday.

Martin wound up 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the game, finishing a double short of the cycle. He's doing everything in his power to show that he deserves to be hitting higher in the lineup, slashing .315/.373/.444 with a homer, nine RBI and two steals on the season.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 4 Months

Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 with a triple and helped the Rangers walk off in the ninth inning with an RBI single to left-center in Wednesday's win against the Mariners.

Martin tripled and scored in the eighth inning to cut the Rangers' deficit to 2-1, then fueled the Fernando Rodney tire fire in the next inning, driving an outside fastball to the opposite field. Martin has been slow to get it going thus far, but the Rangers are hopeful Wednesday's performance spurs him.

Leonys Martin CF/RF TEX 4 Months

Leonys Martin had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's loss the Padres, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Martin scored twice and drove home a pair of runs in the contest. With the big day, he's now slashing .286/.375/.405 on the Cactus League season. A popular sleeper pick in fantasy drafts, Martin should have no problem delivering double-digit power totals to go along with his elite speed.