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2 Leonys Martin CF
Height/Weight: 6-2/190 | Birthdate: 3/6/1988 | Birthplace: Villa Clara, Cuba | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Texas | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 25/10 | Average Draft Position: 227.07
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Rangers' Josh Hamilton not in lineup on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, after starting the previous four. 

Delino DeShields moves from center to left to replace Hamilton. Leonys Martin returns to center for the first time in six games. 


Return of Rangers' DeShields cutting into Martin's playing time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister has said despite center fielder Leonys Martin's offensive struggles, his defensive abilities were good enough to keep him in the starting lineup. However, Martin has been held out of the starting lineup for the last three games in favor of Delino DeShields, who recently returned from the disabled list.

“We are allowing Delino to get back and get into the rhythm of playing and then we will see how things fit with Leonys and Delino,” Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. “I’m trying to see if we can spark up Delino now that he’s active again.”


Defensive ability keeping Leonys Martin in Rangers lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Although Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin continues to struggle offensively, manager Jeff Banister likes what he brings to the table defensively, which is why he remains in the starting lineup.

“Leonys takes runs off the board,” Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. “I like premium defenders. They can impact the game with any ball hit to them. Where it becomes a challenge is when you don’t score runs. If you aren’t [scoring], I could see a lineup where you put all the bats possible in the lineup. If that puts a premium defender on the bench with the possibility of entering the game later to protect a lead, I could see that.”


Joey Gallo starting in center field for Rangers for Leonys Martin


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Joey Gallo will play a brand new position for the Rangers in Saturday's game. 

Gallo is in the starting lineup, playing center field. He had previously played third base and left field for the Rangers since being called up from Triple-A, but he said he's "never" played center, in the minors or amateur ball, per the Star Telegram.

Leonys Martin, who had started the previous 21 games in center, gets a day off. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin shakes off struggles, homers in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin, who was in the midst of a terrible slump, went 2 for 4 in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

Martin hit his fifth home run of the season and recorded a walk in the game. 

Martin was 0 for 18 during his last six games before Sunday's game.


Rangers looking for consistency from Leonys Martin


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Despite going hitless in his last four games (0 for 13), Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin contends he is doing a lot better since getting past a wrist injury he sustained in early May.

Even with his recent slide, Martin is still batting .303 with two doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in his last 19 games.

“When you go to home plate you think about it [the wrist], and I didn’t want to get hurt again,” Martin said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “A couple weeks ago it started feeling good. I’m really happy.”

Martin began the season as the Rangers' leadoff hitter, but when he struggled in that role, he was moved to the bottom third of the lineup. The Rangers still believe in Martin, but they need him to find consistency at the plate.

“It’s just competitive at-bats,” manager Jeff Banister said. “We’d like for him to string at-bats together. I still think, in the end, Leonys possesses all those qualities to be a leadoff hitter. But you’ve got to be able to string them together to be consistent with them.”


Rangers CF Leonys Martin slams fourth home run


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin hit his fourth home run of the season against the Twins on Sunday.

Martin went 2 for 4 with a home run and an RBI. He hit a solo blast off of Twins starter Phil Hughes in the second inning of the 4-3 loss.

Martin is hitting .255 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 196 at-bats this season.


Leonys Martin steals two bases in Rangers' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin went 1 for 3 in Friday's win over Kansas City. He walked once and scored once. 

Martin also had two stolen bases, giving him nine on the season. 


Rangers CF Delino DeShields back in the lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's matinee with the Indians. DeShields will be in center field and bat lead-off for manager Brian Bannister.

DeShields got the night off on Tuesday in favor of Leonys Martin. But with the former swining the bat well, he'll get the start on Wednesday. DeShields is riding a modest six-game hitting streak, during which is he batting .304 with a double and a triple. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin in, Delino DeShields out Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Indians. Martin has been in and out of the lineup over the last several games, but he will bat lead-off Tuesday.

Martin has been in a loose platoon with Delino DeShields, and Martin gets the start Tuesday against a right-hander. When he's played, Martin has hit well. Over his last eight games, he's batting an even .300 (6 for 20) with a home run and three doubles. 

DeShields is on the bench to start Tuesday's game. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin in starting lineup Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox. He will bat seventh in the order.

Martin was held out of Tuesday's contest with a left-hander on the mound, but socked a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning.

With Martin back in the lineup, Delino DeShields slides over to left and Kyle Blanks will be on the bench. 


Rangers' Leonys Martin hits pinch-hit, solo home run on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin tried his best to keep his team from losing on Tuesday, as he belted a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. But it wasn't enough as the Rangers fell to the Red Sox 4-3. It was Martin's second homer of the season.

Martin has struggled at the plate this year and has also been battling a wrist injury over the last couple of weeks. 

He did not start the game with a lefty getting the start for Boston, despite the fact that he's actually hitting better against lefties (.271) than righties (.162) this season. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin returns to starting lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin returned to the starting lineup Saturday night against Cleveland, after missing the past three games with a left wrist sprain, per the team's official website. He is batting seventh in the order.

Martin is hitting .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats.

Texas is favored (+140) at home against Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin remains sidelined on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin not included in the starting lineup for the second straight day on Thursday, after aggravating his left wrist sprain on Monday. Delino DeShields will bat ninth and play in center field in Martin's absence.

Manager Jeff Banister indicated on Wednesday that Martin could be sidelined for a few days in order for the soreness to subside. He received a cortisone shot to avoid a stint on the disabled list, per MLB.com.

"Right now I don't feel any pain, it just feels weird after getting the cortisone shot," Martin said Thursday morning. "I've got to keep getting my treatment. The trainer said it would be two weeks to feel completely 100 percent, so I've got to keep doing treatment."

Texas is a slight underdog (+100) at home against Kansas City, per VegasInsider.com.


Rangers' Martin not in lineup Wednesday, remains day-to-day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, and he could be out several days while dealing with a sore left hand, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"We’re going to let him work that soreness out," manager Jeff Banister said. "Let’s see if we can’t clean him up and have him ready to go in a couple of days."

Martin dealt with a wrist injury last week and has been plagued by a hand issue over the last few days. He has hit .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+105) against the Royals.


Rangers' Leonys Martin (wrist) out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is not in the lineup Tuesday after reaggravating a sprained left wrist Monday night, MLB.com reports.

Martin was jammed on a pitch Monday, resulting in a reaggravation of the injury. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no fractured bones, leaving him day to day moving forward. He has hit .209/.246/.278 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 115 at-bats. Delino DeShields Jr. is playing center field and batting ninth Tuesday.

The Rangers are home underdogs (+122) against the Royals Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


CF Leonys Martin (wrist) returns, hits seventh in Rangers' lineup Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Leonys Martin (wrist) is back in the starting lineup for the Rangers Saturday, playing center field and batting seventh.

Martin had injured his wrist while attempting a diving catch in a game and has been out since May 5.

Martin had batted leadoff for the Rangers prior to his injury but right fielder Shin-Soo Choo will remain hitting first for Saturday's game.

Martin was hitting .221 before the injury, with five doubles and six stolen bases in 25 games.

In addition, Adam Rosales will get his second consecutive start at second base in place of the slumping Rougned Odor(3 for his last 30).


Rangers Leonys Martin won't hit leadoff when he returns


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin should return to the lineup soon, but he won't return to the leadoff spot right away. 

Martin has missed four games with a wrist injury. Shin-Soo Choo has batted leadoff in his place. Choo is currently on a seven-game hitting streak, and the Rangers are undefeated with him at the top of the order. 

"I like the look from Choo right now," manager Jeff Banister said, per MLB.com. "He is aggressive with his swing and working the count. He's got some traction going and there is some synergy. We'll see how that looks. That doesn't mean Leonys won't make it to the top at some point."


Rangers OF Leonys Martin still out Friday, expects to play Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin was sidelined a fourth straight game Friday against the Rays due to a wrist injury. Delino DeShields Jr. was once again in center field for Texas.

However, Martin said he expects to be back in the lineup Saturday. He said his left wrist is about 85-90 percent.

Martin is batting .195 (8 for 41) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, two runs and 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He also has three stolen bases in that span.


Leonys Martin takes batting practice with Rangers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) Injured Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin was able to take batting practice with the team on Friday, per the Star Telegram.

Martin is questionable for Friday's game with a wrist injury. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin (wrist) remains sidelined Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin will miss his fourth consecutive game on Thursday, as he is still dealing with a wrist injury. Martin suffered the injury during Monday's game after making a diving catch and was removed in the fifth inning.

Delino DeShields is in the starting lineup, handling center field and batting ninth for manager Jeff Bannister. The team has not issued an update on Martin's status or when he might return to the lineup.


Rangers CF Leonys Martin out of the lineup again Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is out of the starting lineup again Wednesday, the team announced.

Martin is dealing with a wrist injury he suffered in Monday's game while trying to make a diving catch. Delino DeShields will take his place in center. 


Rangers CF Leonys Martin day to day with wrist injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is considered day to day with a wrist injury, according to MLB.com.

"I didn't have him in the lineup to begin with," manager Jeff Banister said. "I felt he was going to be sore. We'll have him ready for baserunning and defense and see what the capability is for hitting as we go along."

Martin, who suffered a wrist injury in Monday's game trying to make a diving catch, is available to pinch-run and play defense. If he is unable to play by this weekend, the Rangers may put him on the disabled list to recover from the injury.


Rangers make multiple adjustments to starting lineup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) The Rangers reshuffled their lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros, slotting Carlos Corporan at catcher, Carlos Peguero in left field, Delino DeShields in center and Rougned Odor at second base, according to MLB.com.

All four were out of the lineup Monday. DeShields replaces Leonys Martin in center after Martin suffered a sprained left wrist trying to make a diving catch. The Rangers are currently the underdogs (+145) against Houston. 


Rangers' Leonys Martin (wrist) avoids break


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Martin suffered the injury on a diving play Monday but was able to initially stay in the game. He underwent tests after the game and was determined not to have broken the wrist.

Martin, who went 0 for 1 Monday, has hit .221/.255/.298 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases in 104 at-bats.