Martinez went hitless for the second straight game in Tuesday's dual with the White Sox. He struck out twice. Martinez is now 0-for-8 in his last two games after going 5-for-12 in the six games prior. The 33-year-old utility man has never really experienced sustained success at the major league level as he holds a career .190 average but he's 5-for-20 (.250) so far in 2016. With Michael Brantley expected to return in early June, Martinez will likely head back to Triple-A Columbus, but until then, he has an opportunity to prove he should stick around.
Martinez was called up from Triple-A on Saturday, WTAM 1100's Nick Camino reports. The 33-year-old journeyman was hitting .288/.351/.442 with two home runs and two steals in 27 games at Triple-A, but his .187/.235/.256 career line in 204 MLB games speaks to his big league potential. The move corresponded with Michael Brantley (shoulder) being placed on the 15-day DL, and Jose Ramirez should be expected to see the bulk of the starts in left field while Brantley is out.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts in Triple-A Columbus' 6-1 loss to Louisville on Wednesday. He's now batting .385 over 13 at-bats this season. Martinez was given ample opportunity to prove himself this spring with 47 at-bats but he only connected on ten hits for a .213 average. The 33-year-old has been called up five separate times in the past five years by Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland and has thoroughly unimpressed, posting a .187 BA over 433 at-bats. However, given his ability to play both infield and outfield as well as his experience in the majors, he could be a likely candidate to receive a call up this year if the Indians have a roster spot to fill.
Martinez was outrighted off the 40-man roster and will become a free agent after declining his minor league assignment, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Martinez appeared in 16 games with the Indians near the end of the season, recording a .267/.290/.333 slash line to go along with two extra-base hits in 32 at-bats with Cleveland. He could receive a spring training invite from another team during the offseason, but he's unlikely to provide much fantasy production in 2016.
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