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May 02, 2012

Leonys Martin out 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery

When Craig Gentry ran into the Rogers Centre center field wall on Tuesday night, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels had someone look into possible flights from Austin to Toronto.

Had Gentry needed a stint on the disabled list, the most likely candidate to be called up was outfielder Leonys Martin. But it was Martin who ended up on the disabled list instead of Gentry.

Martin tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb when he slid into first base on a bunt single in the fifth of Round Rock's game against New Orleans on Tuesday. He was scheduled to have surgery done today by Rangers physician Keith Meister, and will be out 6-8 weeks.

"It was a Murphy's Law deal but it shouldn't be something that holds him back long term," Daniels said.

-- Drew Davison

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