Martinez big league bound
The New York Mets have placed outfielder Ryan Church on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 23rd, with a right hamstring strain. The Mets also have placed infielder Jose Reyes on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to May 21st, with tendinitis behind his right calf.
To complete the Mets 25-man roster, the team selected the contract of outfielder Fernando Martinez from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. New York also acquired infielder Wilson Valdez from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.
Martinez, who originally was signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2005, began the season with Buffalo and was hitting .291 (48-165) with 22 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, and 28 RBI through his first 42 games of the season. The 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .337 (31-92), with 17 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 20 RBI over the course of 24 May games. The Santo Domingo, DR native had a seven-game hitting streak and was leading the International League with 25 extra-base hits at the time of his promotion. Martinez went 2-6 (.333) in five Spring Training games with the Mets in 2009.
Valdez, who turned 31 on May 20, was hitting .198 (24-121) for Columbus (AAA) of the International League with 17 runs scored, one double, six RBI and five stolen bases in 41 games.
The 5-11, 170-pounder split the 2008 year between the Korean and Japanese League swiping 17 combined bases. He hit .256 with one double, one home run, eight RBI, and four stolen bases in 29 games for Yakult in Japan while batting .218 with nine doubles, one triple, one home run, 16 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 47 games for Kia of the Korean League.
Valdez played in 41 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007, batting .216 with two doubles and seven RBI.
In 111 major league games, he has hit .211 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run, and 20 RBI with the White Sox, Mariners, Padres, and Dodgers.
Church is batting .272 (34-125) with seven doubles, one home run, and eight RBI in 39 games while Reyes is hitting .279 (41-147) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 15 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 36 contests.