Martinez will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and get the start against Oakland on Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It will be the first start since July 4 for Martinez, when he was rocked for six runs and 11 hits in a loss to the Red Sox. The right-hander has a 6.45 ERA in six major league appearances this season, but has dominated Oakland over his last three starts, posting a 2-0 record and a 0.92 ERA. Martinez replaces Kyle Lohse in the rotation for the time being, who had an unimpressive 12.54 ERA in two starts.
Martinez will not pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, as he could be used in a major league start Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Kyle Lohse is currently slated for that start, but isn't guaranteed to make the turn in the rotation after allowing seven runs over 4.1 innings in his last start. Martinez is the other pitcher in consideration for the turn, but the 25-year-old hasn't had much success in the majors himself this season, allowing 16 runs on 30 hits and 15 walks over 22.1 innings this season.
Martinez was optioned to Double-A Frisco on Friday and will not start Saturday's game for the Rangers, as was originally planned, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports. Kyle Lohse was summoned from Triple-A on Friday to make Saturday's start in place of Martinez. It's not a major surprise that Martinez was optioned, given how bad he had been for the Rangers. He will start for Frisco on Saturday and then move to Triple-A Round Rock after the Triple-A All-Star break. It's possible Martinez could find his way back to the big leagues, possibly even to make a few more starts this season, but his 6.45 ERA and 8:15 K:BB in 22.1 innings this year should be enough to scare prospective owners away.
Martinez will "probably" get the start Saturday against the Twins according to manager Jeff Banister, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Martinez has struggled in his four starts since entering the rotation on June 18. He has given up earned runs over 19.2 innings resulting in a 6.86 ERA. He has had issues finding the strike zone as he sports just 6:13 K:BB over that span.
Martinez (1-1) allowed two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out two over five innings, but received no decision Wednesday at the Yankees. Martinez struggled to find the strike zone, as only 38 of his 84 pitches were called for strikes, however, he was able to hold the Yankees to single runs in the second and sixth innings. Although he was in line for the win, the bullpen gave up six runs in the ninth inning to give him a no decision. He's now walked 10 batters over his last 15.1 innings of work, and his WHIP is at 1.72 on the year. He'll make his next start Monday at the Red Sox.