Asked if Martin needed to show more improvement to get more playing time against left-handers, Washington paused for about 20 seconds before offering only one word: "Yeah."
Martin is hitting .198 (19-for-96) this season against lefties with four walks and 26 strikeouts. His on-base percentage against right-handers is .115 higher than against lefties.
At least earlier in the season, Washington showed some willingness to start Martin against southpaws; Martin has started 22 of the 35 games the Rangers have played against left-handed starters.
For his career, Martin is a .211 hitter against lefties in 237 at-bats.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.