Nick Martinez wins No. 5 spot in Rangers’ starting rotation

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Nick Martinez has on the No. 5 spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation. Martinez had been competing against Nick Tepesch, Lisalverto Bonilla, Anthony Ranaudo and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez. Tepesch and Bonilla are still vying for a spot as a long reliever with the Rangers, with the loser likely headed to Triple-A Round Rock to start.

Martinez has allowed just one run on 10 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 10 2/3 innings in the Cactus League this spring. The 24-year-old made his major league debut last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with a 77/55 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings over 24 starts and five relief appearances.

The Rangers suffered a big blow earlier this month, losing ace Yu Darvish to Tommy John surgery, which created an opening at the back of the rotation for Martinez.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.