Martin, Sardinas get high priority

Martin, Sardinas get high priority

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' lineup on Sunday against left-hander James Paxton included Leonys Martin in center field and Luis Sardinas at shortstop. These are two players Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar wants to see daily as the season winds down.

Martin entered the game hitting .218 against left-handers and had been sitting against them lately. But Bogar wants to use him against all pitchers and suggested Martin might play "every inning" for the rest of the season.

"I want to see Martin play," Bogar said. "I want to know if he is going to be our center fielder next year. I want to see him against left-handers. We need to know if we need another guy against left-handers."

Sardinas was one of the Rangers' September callups. This is the third time he has been with the Rangers this season and the two previous times were as a seldom-used utility infielder. Now he is going to get a chance to play regularly.

"It's something we need to do, see where he is at," Bogar said. "Whether it's moving him around the infield or a few days at shortstop, we want to see him play every day. It's more mental than physical. We know where he is as a fielder and where he is as a hitter. We want to see how he handles it mentally."

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