Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez is being recalled from Triple A Round Rock to start Monday’s game at Colorado.
It was also a chance for Martinez, who has thrown 97 innings for the Rangers, to get some rest before the second half began. His 3.43 ERA is second among Rangers’ starters behind Yovani Gallardo.
In two appearances in the minors, Martinez allowed three earned runs on eight hits in six innings. He allowed two earned runs on a four hits and a walk in two innings on Thursday. He had five strikeouts in the six combined innings.
The Rangers will announce a corresponding roster move to make room for Martinez on Monday.
“We wanted to get Nick back in play after we gave him an opportunity to freshen up,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. Martinez is back in the regular rotation, Banister added, and is not up for just a spot start.
Monday’s start was left-handed veteran Wandy Rodriguez’s spot in the rotation. Rodriguez will be used out of the bullpen for the time being as a long man along with Anthony Ranaudo and Anthony Bass. Rodriguez would likely to be the first pitcher up if either Tuesday’s starter Matt Harrison or Wednesday’s starter Martin Perez (both combing back from long layoffs) faltered early.
“We thought he was the best guy to do that among the starters,” Banister said. “We can plug him back in the rotation down the road if we need to.”
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