The Texas Rangers are plenty used to bad injury news, but their fortunes have started to turn recently.
Now, they're dealing with another injury case that could've actually been a lot worse than it was, similar to that of Mitch Moreland's elbow surgery that had him out for just a few weeks. This case is even better than that, and it's the case of Leonys Martin and his sprained wrist suffered Monday night in the first of three wins over the hottest team in baseball, the Astros.
Martin was starting to turn things around at the plate before he hurt his wrist diving for a ball in center field. Entering that game Monday, Martin was batting .279 over his previous 14 games after he seen his batting average crumble into the low .100s early in the season. In those same 14 games, he had five doubles and five stolen bases.
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The word from the Rangers is that Martin is out until at least Friday, meaning he'll miss Thursday's series opener against the Rays. If he were to be placed on the disabled list retroactively to Tuesday, he'd be eligible to return May 20 in Boston. So if he can get back this weekend, there's an obvious upside as opposed to the DL. The fear in cases like this is a guy reaggravating an injury and then hitting the DL and missing even more time.
The Rangers need to play it safe with Martin, but it appears they are.