Rangers sticking with rookie Martinez

Rangers sticking with rookie Martinez

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Nick Martinez is remaining in the Rangers' rotation, and the rookie is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Mariners. The Rangers are staying with Martinez even though he allowed eight runs over two innings in a 17-7 loss to the Indians on Monday night.

Martinez is now 0-2 with an 11.08 ERA in his last three outings. He was 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA in four starts and five relief appearances prior to that.

"What we have to do is get him reacclimated to where he was when he first got here -- attacking the strike zone and using all his pitches," manager Ron Washington said. "[On Monday], he lost command of his fastball but had his other stuff working. If we can get them all working at the same time, we'll get the Nick Martinez we thought we had earlier in the season."

Texas' other options include either left-hander Robbie Ross or veteran right-hander Scott Baker replacing Martinez in the rotation. But the Rangers made no changes to their pitching staff on Tuesday, as Washington said he had a sufficiently rested bullpen for the two-game series against the Marlins.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.