• by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Rangers OF Leonys Martin to have hand surgery, out for season

    Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove the hammate bone from his right hand. He is not expected to return this season, according to the Dallas Morning News. Martin had been playing with Triple-A Round Rock when he suffered the injury. He will now set his sights on being ready for the start of the 2016 campaign.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Rangers' Leonys Martin has fractured bone in wrist

    Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin has suffered a broken hamate bone in his right wrist, per the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Martin was sent to Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the month and was expected to return to the Rangers when rosters expanded in September. He's seeing a hand specialist and will likely have his return to the Majors pushed off.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Rangers CF Leonys Martin optioned to Triple-A

    The Rangers demoted struggling outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. Martin, who began the season as the Rangers' starting center fielder, made just four starts since July 4. Martin heads to the minors batting just .159 in his last 33 games (15 starts). For the season, he has a .220/.265/.314/.578 slash line.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Rangers' Josh Hamilton not in lineup on Sunday

    Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, after starting the previous four. Delino DeShields moves from center to left to replace Hamilton. Leonys Martin returns to center for the first time in six games.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Return of Rangers' DeShields cutting into Martin's playing time

    Rangers manager Jeff Banister has said despite center fielder Leonys Martin's offensive struggles, his defensive abilities were good enough to keep him in the starting lineup. However, Martin has been held out of the starting lineup for the last three games in favor of Delino DeShields, who recently returned from the disabled list. "We are allowing Delino to get back and get into the rhythm of playing and then we will see how things fit with Leonys and Delino," Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. "I'm trying to see if we can spark up Delino now that he's active again."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Defensive ability keeping Leonys Martin in Rangers lineup

    Although Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin continues to struggle offensively, manager Jeff Banister likes what he brings to the table defensively, which is why he remains in the starting lineup. "Leonys takes runs off the board," Banister said, per The Dallas Morning News. "I like premium defenders. They can impact the game with any ball hit to them. Where it becomes a challenge is when you don't score runs. If you aren't [scoring], I could see a lineup where you put all the bats possible in the lineup. If that puts a premium defender on the bench with the possibility of entering the game later to protect a lead, I could see that."

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Joey Gallo starting in center field for Rangers for Leonys Martin

    Joey Gallo will play a brand new position for the Rangers in Saturday's game. Gallo is in the starting lineup, playing center field. He had previously played third base and left field for the Rangers since being called up from Triple-A, but he said he's "never" played center, in the minors or amateur ball, per the Star Telegram. Leonys Martin, who had started the previous 21 games in center, gets a day off.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Rangers CF Leonys Martin shakes off struggles, homers in loss

    Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin, who was in the midst of a terrible slump, went 2 for 4 in Sunday's loss to the White Sox. Martin hit his fifth home run of the season and recorded a walk in the game. Martin was 0 for 18 during his last six games before Sunday's game.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Rangers looking for consistency from Leonys Martin

    Despite going hitless in his last four games (0 for 13), Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin contends he is doing a lot better since getting past a wrist injury he sustained in early May. Even with his recent slide, Martin is still batting .303 with two doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in his last 19 games. "When you go to home plate you think about it [the wrist], and I didn't want to get hurt again," Martin said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "A couple weeks ago it started feeling good. I'm really happy." Martin began the season as the Rangers' leadoff hitter, but when he struggled in that role, he was moved to the bottom third of the lineup. The Rangers still believe in Martin, but they need him to find consistency at the plate. "It's just competitive at-bats," manager Jeff Banister said. "We'd like for him to string at-bats together. I still think, in the end, Leonys possesses all those qualities to be a leadoff hitter. But you've got to be able to string them together to be consistent with them."

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Rangers CF Leonys Martin slams fourth home run

    Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin hit his fourth home run of the season against the Twins on Sunday. Martin went 2 for 4 with a home run and an RBI. He hit a solo blast off of Twins starter Phil Hughes in the second inning of the 4-3 loss. Martin is hitting .255 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 196 at-bats this season.