Martin Sent To AAA

Toccoa native Ethan Martin is headed back to Triple-A for the time being.

The Philadelphia Phillies’ website reports that Martin was optioned back to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Sunday.

Phillies’ Manager Ryne Sandberg is quoted on the Phillies’ website as saying the move is to allow Martin to pitch more innings.

Sandberg told the Phillies’ website that there has just has not been enough work for Martin out of the bullpen this month for the Phils.

Martin has been in the bullpen since being called up from Lehigh Valley in early June.

He pitched in just two games this month, allowing two runs in four innings, while striking out four and walking three.

The 2008 Stephens County High School graduate and former first-round draft pick started this season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

He then pitched in 11 games in the minor leagues while rehabilitating that shoulder this season, fashioning a 1.35 ERA over 13 1/3 innings pitched.