Martinez, who made the Opening Day roster as a Rule 5 Draft pick, learned he would make his Major League debut Sunday when Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin walked past him a few minutes earlier and told him in Spanish he would be leading off. Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino had pulled himself from Saturday's game because of soreness in his left calf, and the Phillies wanted to give him time to rest.
But not too much time. Victorino pinch-hit for Roy Oswalt in the sixth inning of the 7-3 victory and remained in the game in center field. Victorino said he felt fine after the game.
Martinez went 1-for-4 with one RBI and two strikeouts.
"I still feel it in the certain area," Victorino said before the game. "My strength is there. We're just trying to find out what's causing that sensation."
Victorino said it could be an irritated nerve.
"I'm not alarmed," he said. "None of us are alarmed."
Martinez made the Opening Day roster in part because he can play center field. But he probably did not expect his first time in center field to come so soon. Manuel said he had Martinez lead off because the rest of his lineup had been hitting well and he didn't want to change anything.
"I'm not superstitious, but I just felt like doing that," Manuel said.