ARLINGTON (AP) Outfielder Leonys Martin has joined the Texas Rangers, a year after defecting from Cuba.
Texas recalled Martin from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after placing right fielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list. Martin, who left home last August, had been in the Rangers’ minor league system since signing a $15.5 million, five-year contract in May.
Cruz sustained a left hamstring strain Sunday.
Right-hander Darren O’Day was also placed on the DL, retroactive to Thursday, with right shoulder inflammation. The Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Mark Hamburger from Round Rock and released right-hander Ryan Tucker.
Martin hit .295 in 73 games combined in Arizona, Double-A Frisco and Round Rock.
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