Carlos Martinez's first full season in the Cardinals' rotation went as well as expected, as he lived up to the hype and earned a place on the NL All-Star squad. In going 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA, Martinez finished among the top 30 starting pitchers in Fantasy value, even though he missed his final turn of the season due to a shoulder strain. At age 24, Martinez could get even better, but because of his limited track record, Martinez may not get drafted as one of the top 20 starters.
Martinez has worked on strengthening his shoulder this offseason and he expects to be ready for the start of the 2016 season, the Bloomington Pantagraph reports. Soreness in Martinez's shoulder forced him to miss his final start of the regular season and the NLDS against the Cubs in October. In his first full season as a starter with the Cardinals in 2015, Martinez logged 179.2 innings. With a full season of health, Martinez is a threat to approach 200 strikeouts for the Cardinals in 2016.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (shoulder) will be shut down for the remainder of the season with a shoulder strain. Martinez will miss one start in the regular season, but he will also sit out the playoffs because of it as well. It's unclear how exactly the Cardinals will adjust the rotation for the loss, but the injury will likely impact the team's postseason rotation plans.
Cardinals young hurler Carlos Martinez left Friday's game after seven pitches with right shoulder tightness. His removal is being labeled as precautionary, but the team will have Martinez looked over by the medical staff Saturday before determining his availability for his final regular-season start. Martinez faced just two batters, giving up a double and recording one out, before being replaced by Tyler Lyons.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez left Friday's game against the Brewers after throwing just seven pitches, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. It wasn't obvious what was ailing Martinez, but the right-hander was replaced in the top of the first after giving up a ground rule double to Scooter Gennett and getting Logan Schafer to fly out. Martinez's success has been one of the better stories of the season, and it would be a significant blow to the Cardinals if this turned out to be anything serious.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez registered his 14th win of the season Sunday against the Cubs, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings and striking out six. Martinez ran into some serious trouble in the third inning, loading the bases with Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant up to bat, but he was able to limit the damage to two runs scored. Some later trouble in the eighth inning endangered his win, but the Cardinals were able to induce a double play and a strikeout to get the win.