Texas Rangers transactions: Brett Martin has been officially recalled from AAA Nashville, the team announced today. Martin is taking the place of Kyle Bird, who was optioned after the game on Wednesday, on the active roster.
As we discussed yesterday when Bird was sent down, Martin appeared to be the likely pick to replace him on the active roster. The 23 year old lefthander was a camp sensation, garnering rave reviews this spring after having a dismal 2018 season in Frisco. Martin appears to have taken to a reliever role after struggling as a starting pitcher, and after being a late cut in camp, he’s allowed just 1 run in 8 innings of work for Nashville.
Martin is capable of going multiple innings, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers end up pairing him up with Adrian Sampson or Shelby Miller, their two righthanded starting pitchers who aren’t likely to work deep into games, to help bridge the middle innings when they can’t go 5 or 6.