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Leonys Martin out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery

May 3, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

Leonys Martin, Mike Dayly, Jon Daniels AP

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.

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