Martin hopes cortisone shot keeps him off DL

Rangers outfielder dealing with lingering effects of sprained wrist

Martin hopes cortisone shot keeps him off DL

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin received a cortisone shot in his left wrist on Wednesday. Martin is dealing with a sprain and is hoping the injection will allow him to avoid the disabled list.

"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."

Right now the Rangers are not considering the disabled list. They would rather give him a few days to see if the injection helps.

"We feel like he is making progress," manager Jeff Banister said. "We're going to allow him time. Let's knock this out and try not to have any more lingering issues."

Martin originally injured the wrist trying to make a diving catch against the Astros on May 4. He missed four games before returning to the lineup last Saturday against the Rays. He played three games but aggravated the injury on Monday against the Royals when he got jammed by a pitch in his third at-bat.

"When I got jammed, I was in a lot of pain," Martin said.

Martin was out of the lineup for a third straight game against the Royals on Thursday. Banister said he is available at least as a pinch-runner or to play defense.

Worth noting

• Left-hander Sam Freeman, called up from Triple-A on Wednesday, held left-handed hitters to a .071 batting average in Round Rock. The Rangers will give him a shot at being their left-handed setup reliever at the big league level.

• First baseman Kyle Blanks has been dealing with some soreness in his feet, and the Rangers have not let him start getting any work in the outfield. That could be a possibility now that Mitch Moreland is off the disabled list, but the Rangers aren't in any hurry.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.