Martinez (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's game against Texas, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports. Martinez wasn't expected back until Saturday, but the team evidently feels confident enough in his health to bring him back in time for Friday's showdown. The right-hander has yet to pitch in the big leagues this season due to a right shoulder strain, though he mowed hitters down during his minor-league rehab stint. Martinez will be utilized out of the bullpen to start with, but a return to the starting rotation at some point isn't completely out of the question.
Martinez (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Martinez was cleared to return after being examined by the team's medical staff in St. Louis. The right-hander completed a five-game rehab stint across three minor-league affiliates, allowing just one run while striking out six across 6.2 innings. He'll start out in the bullpen, though Martinez said he's hoping to rejoin the starting rotation at some point after the All-Star break, if the Cardinals allow it.
Martinez (shoulder) allowed one run on four hits and one hit batter in two innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports. Martinez only needed 20 pitches (14 strikes) to record six outs thanks to a pair of double plays. Assuming the right-hander checks out OK in the coming days, he could be activated from the injured list for the team's weekend series against the Rangers. Martinez is expected to work out of the bullpen upon rejoining the Cardinals, though according to Hayes, he's hoping to return to a starting role sometime after the All-Star break, if the Cardinals allow it.
Martinez (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and could be activated from the injured list during the team's upcoming weekend series against the Rangers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Martinez is slated to exceed the 30-pitch mark for a second straight rehab appearance Wednesday. If the right-hander emerges without setbacks, there's reportedly a solid chance he'll be activated in the coming days. Martinez has yet to allow a run over 4.2 minor-league innings across four rehab appearances and has recorded six strikeouts over that span.
Martinez (shoulder) worked 1.2 scoreless innings in Triple-A Memphis' win over Nashville on Sunday, allowing two walks and recording three strikeouts. The right-hander continues to largely cruise through his minor-league outings, with Sunday's serving as his longest thus far. Martinez worked up to 32 pitches Sunday, and he's slated to be back on the hill Wednesday for Double-A Springfield, when he's expected to exceed the 30-pitch mark once again.