Rangers center field Leonys Martin was not in Tuesday’s lineup because of a sore left hand after being jammed on a pitch during an at-bat Monday night.
Martin sprained the same hand a week ago Monday in Houston and missed four games before returning Saturday in Tampa Bay. An MRI scan on Tuesday showed there was no fracture or structural injury to Martin’s hand or wrist. He’s listed as day-to-day. Delino DeShields started in center for the Rangers on Tuesday.
Odor tries to rebound
Rougned Odor couldn’t find the right English word Tuesday to describe how he felt when he was demoted by the Texas Rangers a day earlier, so he used the Spanish word triste.
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But not angry. Odor was expecting the move, and isn’t moping around Dell Diamond in Round Rock. In fact, general manager Jon Daniels said that Odor was the first player to the clubhouse Tuesday afternoon.
Odor knows what he must do: swing at better pitches and get some swagger back.
“I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches,” said Odor, who was batting .144 at the time of his demotion. “I’m going to work on my strike zone and swing at good pitches. I’m going to work on my routine, my defense and my approach, and when I feel good again, they’re going to bring me back up.”
Odor had never played at Triple A before his start Tuesday. He was at Double A Frisco when promoted to the majors last May at age 20.
Leonys’ throw home
Rangers manager Jeff Banister was surprised no one asked him about Martin’s throw home to cut down Mike Moustakas in Monday’s game. Reporters talked to Martin about the impressive throw, and pitcher Colby Lewis tipped his cap to Martin for the play that kept the Rangers’ lead at the time to 4-1 in the fourth.
But nobody asked Banister about it during his postgame press conference or during his Tuesday meeting with the media. So he brought it up so that he could heap praise on the throw, too.
“That was the highest point of the game. If we don’t get that out, it’s 4-2 and they have momentum and they get to do what they like to do,” Banister said. “You may not see another throw like that all year. I don’t know why [teams] run [on him].”
Martin is tied for second in the league with five outfield assists. He’s been in the top seven the past two seasons, his first full years in the league. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Martin leads the majors with 30 outfield assists.
“I’m just shocked it didn’t come up in the postgame,” Banister said. “How quick he got rid of it, how accurate it was. [Catcher Robinson] Chirinos didn’t have to move. The umpire would have called it a strike.”
▪ First baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland is expected to be activated off the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, Banister said.
▪ Left-hander Derek Holland will have his third MRI scan on his right shoulder May 22. If the subscapularis strain appears healed, he’ll begin his rehab program. He hopes to return in early July.
▪ Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who was bothered by lower back spasms in his last start, said he feels good and expects to start Friday.
▪ Outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to join the Rangers soon. Banister said the reports have been positive and he expects Hamilton to get called up from Triple A Round Rock in the next week or so.
▪ Left-hander Matt Harrison is scheduled to throw two innings Wednesday in a game in Surprise.