Martin still out of lineup

Martin still out of lineup

DETROIT -- Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is over his neck injury but was not in the lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Daniel Robertson was in center field for the third straight game but manager Ron Washington said that's because left-hander Robbie Ray was on the mound for the Tigers. Left-handed hitters were 2-for-10 against Ray coming into the game.

"I'm just trying to put my best lineup out there against this left-hander," Washington said. "Martin is my center fielder. He'll be ready to go if I need him."

Martin did not start in the two-game series against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday because of some stiffness in his neck. He did make an appearance on defense in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

"I feel a lot better," Martin said Thursday morning. "I don't feel 100 percent but I feel better. I can play and I can swing the bat."

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