Martin returns after sprained wrist flares up

Martin returns after sprained wrist flares up

ARLINGTON -- Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin was back in the lineup Saturday against the Indians after missing the previous four games after aggravating a left wrist injury.

Martin got jammed on an inside pitch Monday against Kansas City, causing the sprained wrist injury he suffered May 4 against the Astros to flare up. Before Saturday, he had played in only four of the past 11 games, but said Friday he felt good and ready to play.

Martin wasn't in Friday's lineup as manager Jeff Banister said he wanted to give him an extra day and also get a chance to play Kyle Blanks in left field while Delino DeShields continued to hold down Martin's spot in center. Banister said the fact the Rangers faced left-hander Bruce Chen yesterday was a consideration, but not the main reason the left-handed Martin didn't play.

DeShields was back in right field while Blanks was on the bench Saturday against the Indians.

"Leonys over the last two days has progressively gotten better," Banister said. "He could have done things for us in the other days."

Martin was hitting .209 with a .246 on-base percentage. He also had one home run and six stolen bases.

Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.