One Martinez in, another Martinez out

One Martinez in, another Martinez out
April 20, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Apr 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros left fielder J.D. Martinez (14) on the ground with an injured knee against the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park.

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The Houston Astros placed outfielder J.D. Martinez on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Martinez, who has a .244 average with two homers and seven RBIs this season, sprained his right knee in Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. During the fourth inning, he pulled back awkwardly on a pitch ruled a strike from Brett Myers, twisting his right knee in the process.

He went 1-for-1, hitting a second-inning two-run home run prior to the injury. Houston prevailed with a 3-2 victory over Cleveland, earning the Astros their fifth win of the season.

“It was real freakish,” Bo Porter said during the postgame press conference.

Martinez spoke about the injury prior to Saturday’s game at Minute Maid Park.

“Obviously, [I’m] bummed out. No one ever wants to go on the DL,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got to take a couple days off, just to let it heal right now. It’s really sore, it’s really tender. I’m scared to put a lot of weight on it … it’s really achy and sore. If I have the days I might as well use them. Stay off of it completely. If I go out there and try to force it, it’ll just keep lingering.”

The Astros will be replacing J.D. Martinez by bringing up another Martinez from Oklahoma City.

The Astros have called up Fernando Martinez (.344, 1 HR, 6 RBI in Spring Training) from the Astros minor league affiliate, the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Fernando Martinez appeared in 41 games with the major league club last season, hitting six home runs, with 14 RBIs. He has struggled early this season for the Redhawks, batting 2-for-18, with no homers and three RBIs.

 This will be his 2013 season debut for the Houston Astros.