by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Houston outrighted outfielder Fernando Martinez to Triple-A Oklahoma City after he passed through waivers Saturday. The Astros designated him for assignment Monday.
Astros send Rick Ankiel, Fernando Martinez packing
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) The Astros designated outfielders Rick Ankiel and Fernando Martinez for assignment Monday to make room on the roster for the recalls of Trevor Crowe and Jimmy Paredes, MLB.com reports.
The 33-year-old Ankiel couldn't hit consistently as he batted .194 in 62 at-bats with five homers and 11 RBI.
Martinez, 24, was 1 for 19 over his last seven appearances and is batting .182 overall with a homer and three RBI in 33 at-bats.
Fernando Martinez homers in first at-bat
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez made his first start Sunday during a 5-4 loss to Cleveland. Martinez started in left field and batted second for Houston.
Martinez homered in his first at-bat of the game off starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning for a two-run shot after Jose Altuve reached base. Martinez went 1 for 2 in the game before being pinch-hit for in the sixth inning by Chris Carter.
Martinez was just activated off the disabled list Saturday after starting the season on the shelf with an oblique injury.
Astros activate Fernando Martinez from 15-day DL
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) The Astros announced Saturday that outfielder Fernando Martinez has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. Martinez hit the DL before the season started with an oblique injury.
Martinez hit .111/.158/.167 in a five-game rehab assignment at Triple-A before his activation. He should factor into playing time at the corner outfield spots for Houston.
Fernando Martinez begins rehab assignment
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) Astros injured outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is on the disabled list with an oblique injury, is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City Sunday, MLB.com reports.
Martinez has been dealing with the oblique issue since late in spring training. The 24-year-old hopes to be activated by the end of April as long as he avoids a setback.
Fernando Martinez set for BP Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, on the 15-day disabled list with a lingering oblique injury, is scheduled to hit the cage Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle. He remains on track to be activated as early as Saturday.
Oblique sends Fernando Martinez to DL
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) The Astros placed outfielder Fernando Martinez on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a lingering oblique injury. The move was retroactive to March 22 and Martinez could return during the second week of the season. Houston recalled J.D. Martinez to take his spot on the active roster.
Disabled list a possibility for Fernando Martinez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, who was scratched from Thursday's spring lineup because of lingering back problems, will meet with a doctor Friday in Houston. He said Thursday there's a chance he will begin the year on the disabled list.
"I think it’s the [left] oblique right now," Martinez told MLB.com. "I feel a little more pain right now than I did before. Hopefully a couple of days off and I’ll be back."
Fernando Martinez having more back issues
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) The Astros announced outfielder Fernando Martinez was scratched from Thursday's split-squad lineup against the Tigers because of discomfort in his lower back. Martinez missed about a week of action with back tightness before returning over the weekend. He's batting .344 (11 for 32) with one homers, three doubles and six RBI in 18 spring games.
Fernando Martinez back in action
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, who had been sidelined for almost a week due to back tightness, returned to action on Saturday against Atlanta. Martinez started in right field and went 0 for 2 with a strikeout before leaving. He's batting .308 this spring with a homer, two doubles and five RBI over 15 games.
Fernando Martinez close to returning
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, who has been sidelined for almost a week because of back tightness, is making progress, manager Bo Porter said Thursday. Porter said Martinez is expected to be cleared "soon," according to MLB.com. Martinez is batting .333 (8 for 24) with a homer, two doubles and five RBI in 14 spring games.
Fernando Martinez gets day off
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013) MLB.com reports Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez will be given Sunday off after he left Saturday's spring game with back tightness. Martinez is comepting for playing time in right field with J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel. Martinez is batting .333 (8 for 24) with a homer, two doubles, five RBI and nine runs in 14 spring games.
Fernando Martinez forced from game with back tightness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013) Astros right fielder Fernando Martinez was forced from action in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Nationals with tightness in his back.
Martinez, who is fighting for a starting role in the Astros outfield this season, is having a solid spring, hitting .333/.385/.542 in 26 plate appearances. If forced to miss time, his absence could open up an opportunity for players like J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel to pull ahead in the competition for playing time.
Martinez concentrating on Astros
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/12/2013) Houston outfielder Fernando Martinez has decided to concentrate on his upcoming season with the Astros and not play in the World Baseball Classic, reports MLB.com. Martinez had previously said he'd represent Spain in the WBC, despite being from the Dominican Republic. "I'm going to stay here and prepare for the season," he said.
Martinez putting roster spot in jeopardy?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (1/17/2013) Astros outfield Fernando Martinez has opted to represent Spain in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, a decision that may end up costing him a chance to make the teams opening-day roster. According to MLB.com, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that Martinezs participating in the exhibition tournament potentially hurts his chances to make the roster, due to the lack of opportunity for evaluation during the spring. Martinez was expected to battle for the teams right fielder spot.