Martinez (knee) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Martinez underwent knee surgery in March that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least four months, and his move to the 60-day injured list will open up a spot on the 40-man roster. It's not clear whether Martinez will have a role with the major-league club once he returns to full health.
Martinez underwent surgery to address the torn meniscus in his left knee Friday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
The surgery was reportedly successful. Martinez is expected to miss four months while recovering, which will keep him out until the second half of the season. He doesn't have a major-league deal and didn't appear to have a path to anything more than a bench role prior to his injury.
Martinez was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee Monday and will undergo surgery and miss approximately four months, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Martinez suffered the injury while diving for a groundball Sunday against the Marlins. He was merely in camp as a non-roster invitee, but the injury now means he won't be appearing for the Mets until the second half of the season, if he appears at all. He was unlikely to serve as much more than a bench bat, so the injury shouldn't shake up the Mets' depth chart.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said Monday that Martinez underwent tests on his injured left knee, but the team doesn't have an update on the status, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Rojas said that Martinez is dealing with some stiffness in his left knee, an injury he picked up while lunging at a ground ball during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. The Mets are viewing Martinez as day-to-day until the results of his follow-up tests become available.
Martinez suffered a knee injury during Sunday's spring game against the Marlins, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The 32-year-old sustained the injury while lunging for a groundball down the line, and manager Luis Rojas called the injury a "twisted left knee." Martinez could undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, which could complicate his path to an Opening Day roster spot.
Martinez signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Thursday which will pay him $1 million if he makes the big-league roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Unless the universal designated hitter winds up returning for the 2021 season, it's hard to see Martinez earning much playing time in New York. Even if it does return, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith would seem to have the first base and DH spots very well covered. Both Smith and Martinez can play the outfield corners, but neither does so very convincingly. It's also not clear whether or not Martinez still has what it takes at the plate, as he struggled to an awful .182/.265/.295 slash line in 98 plate appearances for the Rays and Cubs last season. Still, this represents a low-risk investment for the Mets in a player who has been a solidly above-average hitter at times in his career.
Martinez was non-tendered by the Cubs on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Martinez was traded from the Rays to the Cubs in 2020, but he struggled mightily in Chicago. He went 0-for-21 with one walk while appearing in 10 games and was unable to solidify himself as the designated hitter. The 32-year-old will now become a free agent following his disappointing campaign.
Martinez was optioned by the Cubs on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Martinez doesn't have a single hit in 21 plate appearances as a Cub. With just three days remaining in the regular season, it appears as though he'll end the season hitless for his new team. Patrick Wisdom was called up in a corresponding move.
Martinez was recalled by the Cubs on Sunday.
Martinez will return to the Cubs' active roster after spending just under two weeks in South Bend at the alternate training site. The 32-year-old failed to generate much production in his first stint on Chicago's 28-man roster this season but could serve as a designated-hitter option against southpaws.
Martinez was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Tuesday.
Martinez has accomplished very little since joining the Cubs at the deadline, going 0-for-14 at the plate for his new team. He's hitting just .198/.286/.321 on the season. Billy Hamilton was called up in a corresponding move.
Martinez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cardinals.
Since making his Cubs debut Sept. 1, Martinez has started in only three of the Cubs' eight games. Martinez should occupy a regular spot in the lineup versus left-handed pitching, but Cubs manager David Ross may prefer to rotate a number of other players in at designated hitter when the team faces right-handed starters.
Martinez will be on the bench for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Martinez has yet to record a hit in his first 10 at-bats since joining the Cubs at the deadline. Kyle Schwarber will be the designated hitter in the first game of the day, though Martinez could return for the nightcap.
Martinez is not in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates.
While Martinez should get most of the starts at designated hitter against lefties, it's still unclear what the playing time split at DH will look like against righties. Victor Caratini, who is a switch hitter, is starting at DH and batting eighth against righty JT Brubaker.
Martinez was traded from the Rays to the Cubs on Sunday in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Cubs have been rotating Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini between catcher and designated hitter so far this season, but Martinez figures to be the primary option at designated hitter going forward, especially against lefties. Martinez got off to a strong start this season with an .850 OPS through his first 12 games, but he finished his time with the Rays going 5-for-26.
Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk in an extra-inning win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Martinez still hasn't quite hit his stride at the plate this season, as Saturday's multi-hit effort was his first since Aug. 1 and fourth of the campaign. The veteran has only one extra-base hit, a double, in his last nine contests, but his nine walks have helped him to a solid .338 on-base percentage.
Martinez, who went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday, is hitting .294 (5-for-17) with a double, Saturday's homer, three RBI, two walks and a run over his first five games of August.
The veteran has been consistently on base thus far, hitting safely in four of those contests and producing one multi-hit effort. Martinez has appeared as the designated hitter in all eight games he's played in this season, although he did take reps at first base in both spring training and summer camp and could be utilized there on occasion as well. However, prior seasons have shown Martinez's strong suit is definitely the bat, as his defense was often a liability in St. Louis.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.
Martinez, often referred to during his days as a Cardinal as simply a "professional hitter" for his natural ability in the batter's box, continues to live up to that term in the early going of the 2020 season. The 32-year-old has quickly discarded any rust brought about by his delayed July 17 arrival at summer camp, now having put together back-to-back two-hit efforts and pushing his average to .313 with Tuesday's production.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's 14-5 rout of Atlanta.
He took Grant Dayton deep in the eighth inning for his first homer as a Ray. Martinez has started three of four games to begin the season, all of them at DH, and with his bat beginning to warm up he figures to continue getting consistent playing time despite Tampa's impressive roster depth.
Manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Martinez is expected to be available for the start of the season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The veteran slugger reported to camp less than a week ago, but he wasted little time and was starting intrasquad games within two days of his arrival. Martinez is unlikely to step into a regular starting role during his first year with the Rays, but his career .976 OPS against left-handers should warrant some opportunities.
Martinez completed defensive drills before playing first base and logging four at-bats in an intrasquad game Sunday, RaysRadio.com reports.
The veteran has unsurprisingly been put right to work since his delayed arrival in camp Friday, and Sunday was his busiest day yet. Martinez took three of his at-bats against right-handed pitchers but also particularly hit the ball hard versus southpaw Aaron Loup, and his performance caught the eye of manager Kevin Cash, who will likely be closer to a decision on Martinez's Opening Day status after Wednesday's camp session. "Really wanted to prioritize getting him at-bats," said Cash. "It was for him to get out there and get at least three innings on his feet and on defense, get a little bit of the feel, the flow of the game and we'll continue to build."
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