Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has been released from the ICU following a life-threatening infection.
Martin came over to Cleveland from the Detroit Tigers in a trade deadline move. Martin hit .333/.353/.733 in six games before being knocked out with the infection on August 7th.
Martin, 30, is expected to make a full recovery. Medical professionals have determined that the infection was not contracted via food and is not contagious.
Martin has had a very strong season. He is fourth among AL center fielders in fWAR around 25-35 games behind the pack, so he should really be third after Mike Trout and Aaron Hicks.
Overall, Martin is hitting .255/.323/.425 (102 wRC+) in 2018, according to Fangraphs.
Martin was originally signed by the Texas Rangers in 2011 and was traded to the Seattle Mariners after the 2015 season. He played decently in Seattle in 2016 before splitting time in an injury-filled 2017 campaign between the Mariners and the Chicago Cubs.
He signed with the Detroit Tigers prior to this season, and the Indians identified him as someone who would be able to fill a void and help to bolster the team’s outfield for the playoffs.
There is not yet a timetable for Martin’s return, but hopefully, he will be able to come back and be a contributor for the Indians.
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