Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Leonys Martin will not play baseball this year after being diagnosed with bacteria-infection in early August. Although Martin made significant progress recovering from the infection, the Indians won’t take any risks. This was confirmed to reporters by Indians’ manager Terry Francona on Wednesday.
“The news is really good,” – said Francona. “He is doing fantastic, but he’s not going to play baseball this year. We just wanted to share it because the guys ask all the time. Overall, he’s doing so well. We’re so thrilled that he’s OK.“
“I think he wanted to play, but the doctors thought with what happened, he needs some time to let his body heal. We fully support that, even though we miss him a lot. It’s the right thing to do.” – he added.
Cleveland Indians acquired Leonys Martin alongside Kyle Dowdy in July from Detroit Tigers, sending Willi Castro in the opposite direction. Martin managed to play six games for Indians before the illness and batted .333 with two home runs, and 4 RBI.
Leonys Martin played baseball professionally in Cuban National Series, before coming to MLB in 2011 and signing with Texas Rangers. He also played for Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, and Tigers before coming to Cleveland.