Nick Martinez’s days, it might seem, would have been filled with uncertainty the past few weeks.
Tyson Ross was looming on rehab assignment ready to take Martinez’s spot in the rotation. Assuming all went smoothly with the other starters, Martinez would make one start on the upcoming homestand and then head back to the minors.
But things often don’t go smoothly, and A.J. Griffin has found his way to the DL over the weekend. Martinez? It looks like he will be around longer than his start Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, though he claims he hasn’t been paying attention to who’s on the comeback trail.
“I just prepare myself for whatever start I’m going to make,” Martinez said. “If they need me up here, I’m ready.”
Martinez, who has been in the rotation since Cole Hamels was injured early this month, said that wondering where his next start would come last season took his mind off the task at hand. His singular focus is getting ready to start anytime, anywhere.
“I’m just controlling what I can control,” Martinez said.
Ross allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings Monday for Triple A Round Rock at Omaha, walking five and throwing 47 of his 86 pitches out of the strike zone. He left the start healthy, which was the first goal, and the Rangers will decide in the coming days if Ross (back) will come off the DL this weekend.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to say, ‘Yeah, he’s been built up,’” manager Jeff Banister said. “But it wouldn’t be surprising for us to let him have another [rehab] outing, too.”