Martinez (oblique) was not arrested Monday for violating social-distancing protocols in the Dominican Republic, contrary to previous reports, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. Initial reports indicating that Martinez would be facing legal trouble for hosting a large gathering in violation of the country's COVID-19 protocols, but both the pitcher's agent and the Cardinals denied those allegations. He does appear to have taken part in the event but is not facing any charges. The incident appears to have disappointed his team, which put out a statement which reads, in part, "Certainly, we would not condone anyone from our organization knowingly violating community laws or health regulations," but he doesn't appear to be facing any long-term consequences.
Martinez (oblique) was taken into custody Monday by National Dominican Police in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic for violating the country's social-distancing protocols, Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 100 reports. Martinez returned to his native country for the offseason following an injury-shortened 2020 campaign in which he posted a 9.90 ERA and 2.10 ERA over his five starts. The 29-year-old isn't expected to face any punishment from MLB for his arrest, but he'll presumably still have to resolve the legal issue before he's cleared to return to North America for spring training. The Cardinals haven't decided whether Martinez will continue to work as a starter in 2021 or prepare for a move back to the bullpen.
Martinez (oblique) is "not likely" to pitch again in 2020, even in the case of a deep postseason run by the Cardinals, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "I'll never say never, but clearly it's impactful for him the next several weeks," manager Mike Shildt said. "We're not anticipating he'll be able to do a lot of anything. So you look at the schedule, and it's very unfavorable to think about a return." The right-hander was placed on the injured list Thursday with the oblique strain he suffered during a terrible start against the Royals on Wednesday, when he allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. The outing was a low point of a forgettable campaign for Martinez overall, as he finished with a career-high 9.90 ERA and 2.10 WHIP over five starts. Martinez also battled COVID-19 for more than a month, making repeated trips to the hospital in the process. The 29-year-old was making his return to the starting rotation this season after a successful stint as closer during the stretch run of 2019, but given the results, Rogers notes Martinez may be moved this winter if the Cardinals find the right deal.
Martinez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain Thursday. Martinez suffered an injury during Wednesday's start against the Royals, and he'll miss time after being diagnosed with a left oblique strain. Thr right-hander struggled during the abbreviated 2020 season, posting a 9.90 ERA and 2.10 WHIP over 20 innings across five starts. It's unclear whether he could be available if the Cardinals make a playoff run.
Martinez exited Wednesday's start against the Royals with a left mid-back strain, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The veteran right-hander exited in line for the loss during the sixth inning after surrendering eight runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks. It was a disastrous performance in potentially Martinez's final start of the regular season, and it was made worse by the injury. The 29-year-old lines up to pitch Monday against Detroit if those make-up games are deemed necessary, but his availability is up in the air with the severity of the back strain unclear.