Martin went 3-for-10 with a run scored and four strikeouts over the last three games of the season. The shortstop saw fairly regular playing time after Ramon Urias (groin) was shut down for the year. It wasn't a very convincing final audition form Martin, who went 13-for-54 (.241) across his last 22 games of the season while splitting time with Pat Valaika at shortstop. For the season, Martin slashed .235/.269/.286 with one home run, eight RBI, nine runs scored and two doubles through 105 plate appearances.
Martin will start at shortstop and bat seventh Monday against the Phillies, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. Martin has seen an uptick in playing time of late while Ramon Urias has managed a sore right leg. He'll stick in the lineup for the fourth time in five games.
Martin was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday. Martin was sent to the minors Aug. 23, and he's appeared in 14 games in Norfolk since then. The 26-year-old hit .245 with a home run, a triple, four doubles, nine runs, four RBI and a stolen base during his time with the minor-league club, and he'll have the chance to carve out playing time in the majors while Ramon Urias (upper leg) remains sidelined.
The Orioles optioned Martin to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. After dropping its 18th straight game Sunday, Baltimore has elected to shake up its infield in effort to end the losing streak. The Orioles designated third baseman Maikel Franco for assignment and optioned Martin, who had started the last five games at shortstop while Ramon Urias had been seeing more frequent action at the hot corner in place of the struggling Franco. Though Martin came through with a pair of base hits in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Atlanta, the 26-year-old has struggled mightily since returning from the 60-day injured list Aug. 3, slashing .227/.271/.318 in 15 games.
Martin will start at shortstop and bat ninth Sunday against Atlanta. Martin will pick up his fifth consecutive start at shortstop, despite producing only one hit in 11 at-bats over his previous four contests. The 26-year-old isn't locked in as everyday player just yet, but with the Orioles giving the struggling Maikel Franco more frequent days off, Martin has emerged as a part-time player in the Baltimore infield alongside mainstays Ryan Mountcastle, Ramon Urias and Jorge Mateo.
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