ARLINGTON -- Leonys Martin did some running at Globe Life Park prior to Friday's series opener against his former Rangers team to test his strained left hamstring, but Mariners manager Scott Servais said the hyperactive center fielder had already put his injured leg through a rigorous workout while rooting on
ARLINGTON -- Leonys Martin did some running at Globe Life Park prior to Friday's series opener against his former Rangers team to test his strained left hamstring, but Mariners manager Scott Servais said the hyperactive center fielder had already put his injured leg through a rigorous workout while rooting on his teammates in Thursday's 16-13 come-from-behind win over the Padres.
"He stood and jumped around the whole game last night," Servais said. "He probably had to go in the cold tub after the game and ice everything down, including his tonsils."
Servais and several Mariners players mentioned Martin's animated support as one of the driving forces in the 10-run comeback.
"Leonys Martin was incredible, on the top step yelling the whole way," said Kyle Seager. "He was pretty special."
Servais had the injured center fielder come on the five-day road trip so he could work out with the club and continue providing his energy and Martin has embraced both roles.
"He was awesome," Servais said before Friday's game. "Just crazy, yelling at the other team, a lot of it in Spanish, so [third base coach Manny Acta] is saying, 'Do you know what he just said?' And the umpire was Dominican so that kind of attributed to what was going on there as well. It was crazy. I know he'll bring as much energy tonight because those are his boys in the other [Rangers] dugout. He knows them all very well."
As for the injury rehab? Martin hit without issue the previous two days and is expected to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment for a few games next week before rejoining the club when his 15-day DL stint is up next Friday, which happens to be when the Rangers open a three-game series in Seattle.
• Shortstop Ketel Marte went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI on Thursday in his third rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma and remains on schedule to rejoin the Mariners on Monday at the end of his own DL stint for a sprained left thumb.
• Servais said right-handed reliever Tony Zych is expected to begin throwing off a mound when the club returns home next week. Zych has been out for a month with a strained right shoulder and is likely looking at a July return at the earliest.
• Tyler O'Neill was named Southern League Player of the Month for May as the Double-A Jackson outfielder hit .349 with 13 doubles, a triple, four homers and 25 RBIs in 28 games.
• Top pitching prospect Edwin Diaz continues to shine since being converted to a relief role for Jackson. The 21-year-old threw two scoreless innings with one walk in Thursday's 8-4 win over Tennessee and has now allowed just three hits and one unearned run with two walks and 16 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings over 10 games out of the bullpen.
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