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    Cardianls SP Carlos Martinez shut down with shoulder strain

    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.

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    Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez dealing with shoulder tightness

    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.

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    Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez leaves Friday start with injury

    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.

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    Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez turns in quality start in win over Cubs

    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.

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    Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez receives no-decision Tuesday

    Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez took a no-decision, but was dominant Tuesday against the Brewers, as he allowed just one run on four hits and two walks over eight innings. He also struck out nine. Martinez had allowed at least three runs over his past eight starts, a span in which he owned a 5.16 ERA and saw his season mark jump from 2.34 to 3.12. Martinez was back to his All-Star form Tuesday, as his nine strikeouts tied his second-best mark of the season.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez gets no-decision in win over Cubs

    Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez struck out eight, but allowed three runs on 10 hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on Wednesday. The young right-hander walked just one, but was fortunate to not let the game get out of hand with the high amount of baserunners. All three runs Martinez allowed came within the first two innings. But he was forced to throw a lot of pitches, totaling 99 over his five innings of work. The Cardinals went on to beat the Cubs 4-3. Martinez has now given up at least three earned runs in seven of his last eight starts following Wednesday's performance.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cardinals align their rotation for weekend clash with Pirates

    The Cardinals have set their rotation for the big weekend series against the Pirates. Carlos Martinez, who was skipped on Tuesday due to a back injury, will open the series on Friday. Jaime Garcia and John Lackey will follow on Saturday and Sunday respectively, according to MLB.com. The Cardinals enter play on Wednesday six games ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central, with six more head-to-head matchups left on the schedule for 2015.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cardinals' Carlos Martinez (back) won't start on Tuesday

    Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will not make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. Martinez is dealing with a back issue that will cause him to be skipped this time through the rotation. The Cardinals have not said when Martinez is expected to take the mound next. Marco Gonzales will replace him for Tuesday's matchup with the Nationals, reports MLB.com.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez grinds out win on Thursday

    Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in his outing against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. The young right-hander allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. he walked two and struck out six, throwing 60 of his 103 pitches for strikes. All three runs Martinez allowed came in the third inning, which tied the game. But the Cardinals were able to bring in two in the fifth, paving the way for Martinez to pick up the 5-3 victory. Martinez (13-6, 2.91 ERA) posted quality outings in three of his five August starts. With Thursday's victory, he snapped a personal two-game losing streak.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Cardinals' Carlos Martinez gets no help from offense, bullpen in loss

    Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez did not pitch poorly on Saturday, but he was left with his sixth loss of the season in the 8-0 defeat by the Padres. Martinez allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, but the Cardinals' offense was unable to get anything going against Ian Kennedy. Martinez (12-6, 2.85 ERA) pitched well through the first six innings, allowing just one run. But things fell apart for him in the seventh, when he allowed three of the first four men to reach safely. He was lifted from the game at that point, but the bullpen allowed those two runs, and five more, to score in the inning. Martinez may be wearing down as the season reaches its final stages. After going strong for most of the year, the young right-hander has now allowed three or more runs in four of his last five outings.