J.D. Martinez was pleased to be playing in a game again. He definitely hasn’t lost his sense of humor. Martinez’s appearance in Tuesday’s game against the Reds was the left fielder’s first game with the Astros since being placed on the disabled list on July 26 with a left wrist injury.
Martinez entered the game in left field to start the seventh inning, where he remained in Houston’s 10-0 loss.
“I felt lost,” said Martinez. “I was like, ‘am I supposed to be here?’ I was looking around. You lose that comfort feeling. I felt a little nervous on routine fly balls.”
Martinez, who was activated from the DL on Sept. 13, easily made putouts on consecutive batters in the eighth inning. Martinez made two plate appearances, flying out to right fielder Chris Heisey both times.
“It was good to get him in there,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “You never want to be in a game lopsided like that, but I saw an opportunity to give him a couple at-bats. It was good to give him a couple at-bats and get him on the field.”
When Martinez came to bat, he said he felt right at home.
“I felt good,” said Martinez. “I felt a lot better than I thought I would feel. I wasn’t nervous. I felt confident. My hand didn’t hurt at all, which is great. It’s just getting at-bats is what’s going to get me back.”
Before Martinez injured his wrist, he was hitting the ball well.
“Before, I felt I was seeing the ball in slow motion, you could see the rotation,” said Martinez. “Now, it’s kind of a blur. It’ll come. It’s tough to take two months off and get back into it.”
By being off the field for almost two months while recovering from the injury, Martinez plans on playing baseball during the offseason.
“I’m not going to have an offseason because I do have to go to winter ball and open some eyes,” said Martinez. “Go out there and show people that I can still be an impact player.”