Hanley Ramirez lifted with tight hammy, '50-50' for Sunday

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As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was lifted from Saturday’s game against the Rays with tightness in his right hamstring and is “50-50” to play on Sunday.

Brian Barden replaced him in the ninth inning and failed to register a hit in a game that carried into the 11th inning and saw the Rays escape with a wild 9-8 victory.  Hanley was 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored before departing.  He will be a game-time decision Sunday after the Marlins’ medical staff runs some tests.

“He iced it down,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said in his post-game presser. “We’ll re-evaluate it
tomorrow. If I had to give you a percentage, it’s 50-50 that he will
play.”

Ramirez has batted .286 with a .370 on-base percentage, .492 slugging percentage, 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 252 at-bats this season.  He has also swiped 12 bases.

Rangers sign Chris Martin to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed free agent righty Chris Martin to two-year, $4 million deal.

Martin pitched for the Nippon Ham Fighters for the past two seasons, posting 1.12 ERA in 88 relief innings with excellent strikeout and walk rates. Martin pitched 40 games in the bigs, appearing with the Rockies in 2014 and the Yankees in 2015 with some pretty underwhelming results.

He’s tall — 6’8″ — and tall guys sometimes take a long time to put it all together. Maybe he finally put it all together. The Rangers obviously think he has.