Martinez (2-3) held the Jays to a single run and two hits over 6.1 innings in Tuesday's 6-1 win. He struck out two and walked three. He should have had a zero-run line, but after departing with one out and a man on first, Martinez watched the bullpen allow his runner to come around and score. However, Martinez again failed to miss many bats, which is his MO. That high-risk pitching style -- few strikeouts, many homers -- makes him a tough guy to rely on in fantasy even if he can hold down a spot in the Rangers' injury-riddled rotation.
Manager Jeff Banister said that Martinez will likely start Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Tyson Ross' return from the 60-day disabled list over the weekend was expected to relegate Martinez to the bullpen during the upcoming week, but Andrew Cashner's surprising move to the DL with an oblique strain ended up creating another vacancy in the rotation. Given the nature of the injury, Cashner seems likely to miss more than the 10-day minimum, but Martinez may only be asked to make one start in his stead. Cole Hamels, who has been out for the last two months with an oblique injury of his own, is set to make his second rehab start at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday and could be cleared to join the Rangers rotation thereafter, likely assuming Martinez's starting role in the process.
Martinez struck out only one Astro in Tuesday's start, but he allowed just two runs on five hits without a walk over six innings. He didn't factor into the decision in an eventual 4-2 win. This outing marks the third time Martinez has recorded one or zero strikeouts while pitching five-plus innings this year. While he does generate a decent number of grounders, Martinez has also surrendered a brutal 13 homers in 54 innings this year, including two solo jobs Tuesday. His stat-shattering downside and lack of upside make the 26-year-old a tough own in fantasy even if he sticks in the rotation after this outing.
Martinez will start Tuesday's game against the Astros, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. It will be the first start since May 30 for Martinez, who has made one lone appearance out of the bullpen over the last two weeks. Martinez will enter the rotation in place of Dillon Gee, who faltered in his first start of the season last week against the Mets, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks over 3.1 innings. With Tyson Ross (shoulder) on track to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Rangers' rotation over the weekend, manager Jeff Banister will likely have to decide whether to go with Martinez or Austin Bibens-Dirkx as the team's fifth starter until either Cole Hamels (oblique) or A.J. Griffin (oblique) is ready for activation.
Martinez isn't expected to start during the upcoming week after manager Jeff Banister announced Dillon Gee would take the hill Tuesday against the Mets. After compiling a 5.24 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over his first eight starts of the season, Martinez's spot in the rotation was on thin ice before Banister announced the right-hander would be available out of the bullpen over the weekend. Martinez ended up pitching effectively in mop-up duty during Sunday's loss to the Astros, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Still, it wasn't enough for him to recapture a starting role for the time being. While Gee will likely need to perform well Tuesday to earn future starts, Martinez's chances of reemerging as a rotation option will take a hit with Tyson Ross (shoulder) expected to come off the disabled list during the upcoming weekend. A.J. Griffin (side) and Cole Hamels (oblique) could also be back to full strength by the All-Star break, which would push Martinez even further down in the pecking order for starting duties.
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