Injured center fielder Leonys Martin is likely to miss a few more games with a sore left hand.
Martin received a cortisone shot Wednesday to alleviate the pain, located around the padded part of his hand below his thumb.
He originally sprained his left wrist in Houston when he rolled over it trying to make a diving catch. He missed several games before returning.
In his third at-bat Monday against the Royals, Martin was jammed by a pitch, aggravating the injury.
“We’re going to let him feel really good,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Let’s try to knock this thing out and try to not have any lingering issue.”
Martin was a defensive replacement late in Wednesday’s game. Banister said Martin probably could’ve bunted but taking full swings was still too painful.
Martin said it felt good Thursday morning, but said trainers told him it could be two weeks before it feels 100 percent.
“I’ve got no pain right now,” Martin said. “I’ve got to keep doing my treatment. It’s getting better every day.”
Martin and Banister dismissed the idea of the disabled list.
“Let’s see if two or three days doesn’t help make that decision,” Banister said.
First baseman Kyle Blanks has some outfield experience and is open to the idea of filling in there. Banister wants Blanks to take reps in the outfield before trying that option.
Blanks hasn’t played the past two games while resting his feet. He had surgery on both Achilles’ heels in the off-season.
Hamilton to Frisco
Josh Hamilton will play Friday night with Triple A Round Rock and then be assigned to Double A Frisco. He’s scheduled to play with Frisco at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, 4:05 p.m. Sunday, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and 11:05 a.m. Wednesday. Hamilton will be evaluated after Wednesday’s game to determine whether he’s ready to join the Rangers.
Freeman joins ’pen
Left-hander Sam Freeman was called up from Round Rock on Wednesday as Texas designated Stolmy Pimentel for assignment.
Freeman, a Lewisville native who played at Hebron High School, had given up a run in eight innings of relief for the Express. He was acquired in a trade from St. Louis at the end of spring training.
He gives the Rangers a second left-hander in the bullpen behind Alex Claudio, who has given up three home runs in nine relief appearances. Freeman’s improvement against lefties was enough to earn the call-up, Banister said.
“He’s seeing more consistency with ball-strike ratio against left-handers, which in spring training, it was the other way around,” Banister said.
Freeman had a 2.61 ERA in 44 appearances for St. Louis last year.
Freeman pitched 12/3 innings Thursday and gave up a two-run home run by Eric Hosmer.
Right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was activated off the 15-day disabled list and right-hander Spencer Patton was optioned to Round Rock.
Fujikawa was in rehab for a right groin strain since the start of the season. He had a 3.86 ERA with nine walks and eight strikeouts in 91/3 innings with Round Rock.
Patton was sent down after allowing three runs in three innings since being recalled on May 4.
Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will make his fourth start in the series opener against the Indians on Friday.
He has allowed two runs in his last 14 innings. During that two-game stretch, he retired 34 consecutive batters, a Rangers record. He had to battle lower back spasms in his last start, something that has bothered him in the past.
“I feel great,” said Rodriguez, who had no lingering pain after a bullpen session this week.