Per our boy Adam Rubin:
Could Fernando Martinez (pictured right) stick around when Ryan Church is activated from the disabled list as soon as Sunday? After initially being discounted, itâ€™s at least now on the table for discussion.
The stipulation all along has been that Martinez will need to be ensured playing time in order to remain at the major-league level. With Gary Sheffield experiencing discomfort behind his right knee and with Angel Pagan on the DL with a groin strain, the playing time could present itself.
Ricco indicated that Martinezâ€™s development would take precedence, and that he needs playing time wherever he is assigned, since the 20-year-old rookie was limited to a combined 146 games in 2007-08 at Double-A Binghamton because of hamstring and hand injuries.