Rangers waiting for Martin to heat up vs. lefties

Rangers waiting for Martin to heat up vs. lefties

ARLINGTON -- Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is hitting .274 on the season and .296 against right-handed pitchers, but is hitting nearly .100 lower than that against lefties.

Martin is batting .200 against left-handed pitchers, and didn't start Wednesday against Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel.

"Right now the two consistent left handers are [Shin-Soo] Choo and [Rougned] Odor," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Maybe coming out of the break I'll start running Martin out there and see if he can pick that up, because he's a guy we certainly expect to play every single day."

Washington said that between Jake Smolinski, Adam Rosales and Daniel Robertson, among others, he has a reliable lineup against left-handed pitchers and that he doesn't feel any less prepared against them than he does right-handers.

Odor and Choo were the only two left-handed hitters who started Wednesday for Washington, who hopes Martin finds a solution soon.

"He's not hitting lefties very well right now," Washington said. "Coming out of the break, I'm going to give him some lefties just to give him a chance to see if he can figure it out."

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.