The monthly Michael Martinez promotion streak continues. For the third straight month, Martinez has been recalled by the Phillies. He’ll take the place of Humberto Quintero, who was designated for assignment for the second time this season.
Martinez, a .186 hitter in 360 career plate appearances, has been recalled by the Phillies five times since last June. His versatility continues to keep him in the organization, even if he’s never hit. Martinez has played second base, third base, shortstop and each outfield position for the Phils since 2012.
Quintero’s days were numbered with Erik Kratz back in the fold. He’s done an admirable job filling in for Carlos Ruiz and Kratz, who have each missed time with injury. In 24 games, Quintero hit .250/.294/.406 with two homers and nine RBIs. The Phillies were 10-11 in his 21 starts.
Quintero was designated for assignment by the Phils in late April, but surprisingly cleared waivers and accepted a demotion to Triple A. He returned to the big leagues three weeks later when Mike Adams hit the DL.
Martinez was hitting .298 in 62 games at Triple A. His presence gives the Phillies a late-game option to replace Delmon Young in the field. The Phils haven't had that since John Mayberry assumed everyday duty in center field.