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Texas Rangers Prospect Update: Leonys Martin Tears Thumb Ligament, Out 6-8 Weeks

The injury bug just keeps striking the Texas Rangers -- even if it's not in Arlington. This time, Leonys Martin has been hit with it, as he'll be out six-to-eight weeks with a torn thumb ligament, according to Evan Grant.

This isn't devastating news, but it's certainly bad news. Martin has been mashing in AAA, hitting .347/.423/.520 in 98 at bats -- doing his best to quiet the critics who have been down on his hit tool. Martin has shown solid discipline as well, walking 12 times while striking out 16 times. Martin also has notched 11 extra base hits -- three home runs and eight doubles.

With Josh Hamilton ailing in Texas, some speculated that Martin could be called up to replace Hamilton for the short term. Unfortunately, Martin will need a replacement in AAA for the next six to eight weeks.

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