Leonys Martin out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery

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Leonys Martin got off to a great start at Triple-A after losing the spring training competition for the Rangers’ center field job, hitting .347 in 23 games, but the 24-year-old prospect will miss 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb.

Martin struggled at Triple-A last season after defecting from Cuba to sign with the Rangers for $15.5 million, but his numbers at Double-A were very impressive and now he’s knocked around Triple-A pitching too.

If healthy he was in position to get a call up if the Rangers needed an injury replacement or wanted to attempt an upgrade over Craig Gentry, but now he’s no sure thing to see significant action in the majors this season.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.