The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Nick Martinez (#22) from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room for Martinez on the 25-man roster, the team has optioned left-handed pitcher Andrew Faulkner to Round Rock.
Martinez, 25, will be in his first stint with the Rangers this season. He has gone 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) over 2 games/starts with the Express this season, as Pacific Coast League opponents have batted .302 (13-43) with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. He last pitched on Tuesday at Omaha, earning the win (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R-ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 83 pitches/57 strikes).
Martinez went 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA (14 ER/14.2 IP) in 5 games/2 starts for the Rangers this spring before he was optioned to Round Rock on March 29. He has gone 12-19 with a 4.27 ERA over 53 games/45 starts in his major league career, all with Texas in 2014-15, including a 0.57 ERA (1 ER/15.2 IP) over 8 relief appearances.
Faulkner made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career this season and compiled an 8.31 ERA (4 ER/4.1 IP) over 5 relief appearances, allowing 3 home runs.