Martinez to get start behind plate Tuesday night

Martinez to get start behind plate Tuesday night

Martinez to get start behind plate Tuesday night
NEW YORK -- Manager Ron Washington said he's planning to start Luis Martinez at catcher on Tuesday with Matt Harrison pitching for the Rangers. It will be Martinez's first start since he was called up on Saturday when the club put Mike Napoli on the disabled list.

Geovany Soto started on Monday night, his third straight start. It was also his seventh since being acquired from the Cubs on July 31. Soto will still do most of the catching while Napoli is out, but Washington wanted to pair Martinez with Harrison.

"I have a lot of confidence in his receiving and throwing ability," Washington said. "He's comfortable with Harrison, he caught him in Spring Training. Soto is going to get the bulk of the playing time, but Martinez will play some."

Martinez caught in 22 games for the Padres last season. He was hitting .270 with two home runs, 22 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 65 games at Triple-A Round Rock.