Texas Rangers: Nick Martinez Undergoes Surgery

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Nick Martinez
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Nick Martinez /

Nick Martinez has reportedly undergone surgery. The surgery is said to be a hernia repair. He’s expected to be 100 percent by the time the Texas Rangers begin Spring Training.

According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Martinez underwent the surgery in Philadelphia and was operated on by Dr. William Myers, who also operated on Elvis Andrus who underwent hernia surgery after the 2016 season. Sullivan further states Martinez is expected to be fully recovered by the Spring Training rolls around.

The Texas Rangers may be planning to have him compete for a spot in the rotation. First, they’ll have to avoid arbitration because Martinez is eligible for arbitration. They’ll need to solve that problem before they make plans for Martinez. They’ll cross that bridge when they get to it.

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Martinez didn’t have a good season. Bounced back and forth between the majors and minors. While in Arlington, he went 3-8 in 18 stars and five appearances as a reliever. He finished with a disappointing 5.66 ERA.

At the moment, the Rangers have three open spots in the pitching rotation. If the Rangers are able to settle the arbitration issue with no problem, then there’s no doubt Martinez will have an opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation so he can have a chance of rectifying his disappointing 2017 season.

Martinez is the second member of the Rangers to undergo surgery. Matt Bush underwent shoulder surgery last month to settle an issue with the AC joint in his right shoulder. It’s good for these two to have their surgeries now. They need to clear themselves of any ill effect and be ready for Spring Training. Everyone, including Adrian Beltre, needs to be 100 percent for Spring Training.