Michael Martinez suffered a broken bone in his foot in Tuesday’s spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Philadelphia Phillies announced.
While it’s not as if Picasso lost his paint brush, Martinez is the third Phillies infielder who will miss substantial time this spring training – Ryan Howard is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and Chase Utley left camp early to see a specialist for his ongoing knee problems. He sustained his injury when he was hit by a pitch from Orioles reliever Jim Johnson in the seventh inning of an eventual 4-1 Phillies win.
Martinez actually stayed in the game, scoring on a triple from Freddy Galvis, but was noticeably limping as he crossed home plate. Martinez was examined by head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and X-Rays after the game revealed that Martinez had fractured the fourth metatarsal in his right foot.
Martinez hit just .196 last season, although he managed to last the entire season on the big league roster. He is a solid defensive player and can play second base, third base, shortstop, and center field. The Phillies acquired him from the Washington Nationals in the rule-5 draft, and kept him on the roster all year. Had Martinez been sent down to Triple-A, another team could have stepped in and acquired him.
At 28 years old, Martinez doesn’t offer much as a hitter but he’s a decent enough fielder with good speed, and that’s precisely why he has a job in the major leagues. Martinez was enjoying a good spring, as he was hitting .323 in Grapefruit games. The Phillies now have just two players on their 25-man roster that can play shortstop (Jimmy Rollins and Galvis), and with Galvis set to open the season as the team’s starting second baseman, the Phillies will have to call someone up.
The Phillies will likely go with Pete Orr while Martinez recovers from his injury.