|Rangers call up Martinez|
|Saturday, July 14, 2012|
SEATTLE -- The Texas Rangers recalled catcher Luis Martinez Saturday from Class Triple A Round Rock and he was in uniform as the Rangers dropped a 7-0 decision to the Seattle Mariners.
Martinez, 27, was brought up to allow the Rangers to have an extra catcher available in case something happens to Yorvit Torrealba while Mike Napoli is out the next few games with a bruise near his right knee.
Manager Ron Washington said earlier Saturday he believed Napoli could catch in a pinch and that Martinez wasn't needed.
The Rangers, though, determined that having only Torrealba and emergency catcher Brandon Snyder was too much of a risk.
Martinez is a former Cumberland University standout. He made his MLB debut last year with the San Diego Padres and was traded in the off season to the Rangers. Martinez is the first former CU player to reach the majors.
Martinez has spent the entire season with Round Rock, batting .262 (43-164) with two home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 17 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 50 games.
The right-handed batter has hit .304 (14-46) against left-handed pitchers. He has caught 10 of 47 (21.3%) attempted basestealers in the Pacific Coast League with a .987 fielding percentage in his team-high 50 games behind the plate.