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MLB: San Diego Padres claim Nick Martini off waivers

2008 Prairie Ridge grad will join team Thursday

Nick Martini of Crystal Lake looks out at the field from the dugout during the seventh inning of a game last season against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Nick Martini of Crystal Lake looks out at the field from the dugout during the seventh inning of a game last season against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Martini was without a baseball team for only about 48 hours.

Martini, a 2008 Prairie Ridge graduate, was claimed by the San Diego Padres off waivers Wednesday and will join the team in San Francisco on Thursday.

Martini had been designated for assignment by the Oakland A’s on Monday.

Martini was hitting .328 with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, with eight home runs and 40 RBIs, when he got called up in July. He was 1 for 11 with the A’s, that lone hit being a two-run, pinch-hit homer in front of a dozen family members and friends Aug. 5 at Wrigley Field.

The A’s picked up Martini in 2017 after his contract with St. Louis had expired. He worked his way to the major league team last season, playing in
55 games, hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .397.

Oakland made the AL Wild Card playoff game and Martini led off in that game against the New York Yankees.

Martini, 29, suffered a Grade 2 PCL tear in a spring training game in February that set him back about two months, but did not require surgery. He had worked his way back to the majors, but did not get many chances with the A’s this season.

Martini, who throws and hits left-handed, played on Prairie Ridge’s 2008 Class 4A state championship team. He had three highly productive seasons at Kansas State and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by St. Louis.

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