Martinez suffered a fractured left pinkie when he slid home to score the Mets’ only run in yesterday’s 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was placed on the 15-day DL today.
Martinez was the starting shortstop after both Jose Reyes and Alex Cora went on the disabled list. He had a rough first couple of games at the position but had been playing much better lately. His offense wasn’t nearly as good. He was the only starter still trying to get off the interstate in terms of batting average. But he did drive in a couple of key runs.
With Cora already back with the team and Reyes due back Friday, Martinez could be returning to AAA Buffalo when he comes back from rehab. Of course, with as much as this team has gotten hurt, it’s very possible we’ll be seeing him in the big leagues this season.
To replace Martinez, the Mets have called up Emil Brown, formerly of the San Diego Padres, from Buffalo. The Mets in March traded to get him for a player still to be announced. Brown is a career .258 hitter and has some power, blasting 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 117 games with the Oakland A’s last season. In 2006, he was with Kansas City and had career highs in home runs, 15, runs scored, 77, and RBI, 86. Hopefully, he can have that kind of production again. The Mets could use a big bat right now.