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18 Carlos Martinez SP

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August 4, 2020 05:12 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Lands on injured list
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Martinez was placed on the 10-day injured list for an undisclosed reason Tuesday.

The Cardinals gave no reasoning for placing Martinez on the injured list, but the transaction comes as the team deals with a COVID-19 outbreak among several players and staff members. It's unclear how much time the right-hander will miss, and a replacement for his spot in the rotation hasn't been named. John Gant, Austin Gomber and Jake Woodford have past experience as starters and could be candidates to take Martinez's place.

July 29, 2020 10:20 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Rough night in Minnesota
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Martinez (0-1) took the loss Tuesday as the Cardinals were dropped 6-3 by the Twins, surrendering six runs on seven hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. He struck out two.

Two of the hits off Martinez left the yard, including the Josh Donaldson blast in the fourth inning that chased him from the game. The right-hander threw 73 pitches (49 strikes), so he at least got a decent workload in, but the performance wasn't exactly a mark of confidence in the decision to keep Martinez in the rotation rather than move him back into the bullpen.

July 25, 2020 05:36 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Slated to start Tuesday
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Martinez will start Tuesday's game on the road against the Twins, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Martinez was dominant in his final tuneup in an exhibition game against the Royals. The right-hander will rejoin the Cardinals' rotation after serving as the closer last season, when he converted 24 of 27 save chances with a 3.17 ERA over 48.1 innings.

July 23, 2020 02:00 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Razor-sharp in final tuneup
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Martinez fired four innings in an exhibition victory over the Royals on Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while recording two strikeouts.

Martinez came on in relief of Miles Mikolas in what he expects to be his last appearance out of the bullpen in 2020 if all goes as planned. Anne Rogers of reports that after the game, the newly minted rotation member expressed anticipation about his long-awaited return to starting following his stint as a closer in the latter portion of last season. "I got a lot of experience from the last two years," Martinez said. "I was a little bit frustrated because I was hurt, but that gave me good experience to be positive. And now I feel like I'm mature, the great guy to be healthy and the great guy to help the team and be focused for the whole season."

July 21, 2020 11:16 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Earns spot in starting rotation
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Martinez will begin the season as the fifth starter in the Cardinals rotation, Rob Rains of reports.

Martinez and Miles Mikolas will round out the bottom of the St. Louis starting rotation to begin the 2020 campaign. Kwang-Hyun Kim will move to the bullpen and likely serve as the closer while Giovanny Gallegos (undisclosed) remains on the 10-day IL. Martinez earned high praise from manager Mike Shildt earlier during summer camp for earning every opportunity to be in the starting rotation. The 28-year-old is coming off his seventh season with the Cardinals, during which he notched 24 saves while posting a 3.17 ERA and 53:18 K:BB across 48.1 innings.

July 18, 2020 08:16 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Works three innings Friday
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Martinez allowed one run and two walks across three innings in Friday's intrasquad game start, Anne Rogers of reports.

The right-hander also recorded a pair of strikeouts during the outing, which likely qualified as his penultimate tune-up for the regular season. The question of whether Martinez will begin the 2020 campaign as a closer or starter remains; however, the placement of Giovanny Gallegos, who arrived in summer camp Saturday after extensive travel delays, on the 10-day injured list for undisclosed reasons Saturday does potentially increase the chances of Martinez being shifted to a ninth-inning role for the time being.

July 16, 2020 11:44 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Pushing for rotation spot
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Manager Mike Shildt said Thursday that Martinez has earned every opportunity to be in the starting rotation, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Since Jordan Hicks (elbow) opted out of playing this season and Giovanny Gallegos remains grounded in Mexico without an arrival date, it's logical to speculate Martinez could return to the closer role. However, manager Mike Shildt may decide to go a different direction in the ninth inning because Martinez has continued to impress coaches throughout camp and has been preparing as a starter since the conclusion of last season. The 28-year-old will count on his high velocity and movement heading into his eighth season with the Cardinals regardless of when he enters games. Martinez recorded an impressive 26.5 K% in 2019, notching his fifth straight season with an ERA below 3.65.

July 14, 2020 06:20 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Closer role likelier?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez, who is still preparing as a starter ahead of the regular season, could nevertheless see his chances of returning to the closer role at some point increase with Jordan Hicks (elbow) opting out of playing in 2020, Anne Rogers of reports.

The situation clearly remains up in the air, and it's possible manager Mike Shildt opts to utilize several pitchers in the ninth-inning role throughout the 60-game campaign. However, the Cardinals skipper is increasingly thin on candidates at present, as Giovanny Gallegos is still grounded in Mexico with no semblance of an arrival date and Hicks is no longer an option for the second half of the season in the wake of his decision. Ryan Helsley remains a candidate as well and appears to have the stuff to succeed in high-leverage scenarios, but Martinez carries the appeal of a proven track record in the role after converting 24 of 27 save opportunities in the second half of last season. A decision may not be made until much closer to Opening Day, as the next few days should also give Shildt a chance to further evaluate Kwang-Hyun Kim's fitness for the No. 5 starter job that Martinez is hoping to secure.

July 12, 2020 02:52 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Stands out in intrasquad start
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Martinez drew the start for the Cardinals Blue team in Saturday night's intrasquad scrimmage and recorded four strikeouts across two innings, Anne Rogers of reports.

The right-hander was facing many of the Cardinals' regulars in the outing, so his effectiveness was particularly impressive. One of Martinez's four whiffs was a swinging strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt, and he never allowed a hit over his 28 pitches, 18 which found the strike zone. "I thought he looked sharp, especially the offspeed stuff, which is safe to say he's definitely been working on his stuff while he's been away," catcher Matt Wieters said. "The offspeed stuff normally takes awhile to come back, but it was sharp from the get go today, which a good sign."

July 9, 2020 07:48 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Impresses in first bullpen
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Martinez looked sharp in his first bullpen session of summer camp Tuesday, Anne Rogers of reports. "Everybody was very pleased with how it came out, sharp, just very impressed by the whole way he went about it," manager Mike Shildt said. "Ball was coming out, secondary pitches, command -- very positive feedback."

Now that he's finally in summer camp after a delay of a few days, all eyes are on Martinez, whose role to start the season remains somewhat undefined for the moment. The veteran right-hander was seemingly on his way to securing a rotation spot at the time spring training was suspended, and he remained in excellent shape during the shutdown by throwing regularly. Martinez noted Tuesday he'd just thrown 95 pitches over the equivalent of seven innings in his last live batting practice in the Dominican Republic before flying to St. Louis, so his arm should be ready for a fairly healthy workload. However, the question remains whether his early season opportunities will come in the rotation or out of the bullpen, as there's a chance Martinez cedes the No. 5 starter role to Kwang-Hyun Kim and is temporarily deployed as the closer if Giovanny Gallegos continues to experience travel delays in Mexico for an extended period.

July 8, 2020 01:00 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Joining team workouts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez has officially been cleared of COVID-19 and is reporting to summer camp Tuesday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The 28-year-old was absent for the initial stages of workouts while awaiting his COVID-19 test results, but he joined his teammates Tuesday and threw a bullpen session. Martinez is likely destined to operate as the Cardinals' fifth starter, but depending how things progress in camp the team could also elect to shift him back to the bullpen, especially if Giovanny Gallegos' travel delay puts the closer's availability for Opening Day in question.

July 8, 2020 02:24 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Possible return to bullpen?
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Martinez, who's still awaiting medical clearance to participate in summer camp workouts, could potentially end up in the bullpen again to start the 2020 season, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opines.

Hummel's speculation on Martinez's early season prospects was prompted by a reader question regarding the possible ramifications of manager Mike Shildt's recent comment that the right-hander is losing ground by not being on the field. Shildt seems to be alluding to the No. 5 starter role, which Martinez has been ticketed for but hasn't necessarily locked down. Hummel points out that offseason acquisition Kwang-Hyun Kim is a viable candidate for the back-end rotation job as well, and that Martinez could once again open the season as the closer if Giovanny Gallegos' ongoing travel delay that currently sees him grounded in Mexico extends much longer.

July 4, 2020 10:16 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Awaiting COVID test result
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez was unable to participate in Friday's opening day of summer camp because of a pending COVID-19 test, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The veteran right-hander was one of four players -- Genesis Cabrera, Ivan Herrera and Elehuris Montero being the other three -- that had been in the Dominican Republic during the shutdown and was awaiting the results of his test. Martinez and the rest of the group were tested Thursday morning, approximately a day later than originally planned because of a flight delay. Assuming a clean bill of health, Martinez may have his test results back in time to participate in Saturday's workout. If that happens, he'll begin his quest to tighten his grip on a rotation spot.

May 28, 2020 11:00 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Should still be in rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez should still have a strong chance of remaining in the rotation during an abbreviated 2020 season due to the likelihood the Cardinals regularly deploying six starting pitchers, Ben Fredrickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Martinez was lauded for his offseason work ethic, as he came into spring camp in good shape and then compiled 13 strikeouts over 13 Grapefruit League innings before spring training was suspended. The veteran right-hander appeared set to claim at least the No. 5 spot in the rotation when play was paused, and even if Miles Mikolas (forearm) is ready to return whenever Opening Day finally unfolds, Martinez would appear set to benefit from the likelihood of a six-man Cardinals starting rotation.

April 16, 2020 01:32 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Inside track to No. 5 starter role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez had likely secured the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation by the time spring training was suspended, Anne Rogers of reports.

The veteran right-hander had apparently made good on his offseason goal of reclaiming a rotation spot, remaining healthy throughout spring training and proving his previously ailing right shoulder was up to the rigors of starting. Martinez logged 13 innings overall across four Grapefruit League appearances, and even in his poorest outing of spring March 11 against the Mets, he was able to record six strikeouts over 3.2 innings.

March 16, 2020 02:36 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Maintenance plan on tap
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Martinez is slated to throw at least 45 pitches in twice-a-week bullpen sessions while spring training is suspended, Anne Rogers of reports.

Manager Mike Shildt and his staff have developed the maintenance program to keep their projected starters ready to ramp up for a likely second wave of spring training, and, eventually, for the regular season. Martinez, who was fighting for a rotation spot when Grapefruit League play was paused Thursday, is expected to be subject to the protocol. The veteran right-hander went into the suspension of spring play on a somewhat sour note, as he allowed six earned runs over 3.2 innings versus the Mets on Wednesday, although he did record six strikeouts as well.

March 13, 2020 12:24 PM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Knocked around by Mets
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Martinez started a Grapefruit League game against the Mets on Wednesday and allowed six earned runs on six hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batsman across 3.2 innings. He struck out six.

The right-hander was truly all over the spectrum in what would turn out to be his final Grapefruit League start due to the cancellation of the remainder of spring training due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Martinez gave up a pair of extra-base hits overall, allowing a double to Robinson Cano and a two-run home run to J.D. Davis, who he also plunked during the outing. While the wild performance put somewhat of a damper on what has otherwise been a strong spring for Martinez, the six strikeouts were certainly a positive. Given his relatively solid form throughout Grapefruit League play, Martinez would seem to have a strong shot at a spot in the Opening Day rotation; however, with the first game of the season now delayed by at least two weeks past its original March 26 date, it's also possible veteran Miles Mikolas (forearm) has enough time to get healthy and reclaim one of the two spots currently considered as available.

March 2, 2020 02:08 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Dominates in second start
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Martinez started a Grapefruit League win over the Nationals and fired three scoreless innings, during which he allowed no hits and three walks while recording four strikeouts.

The hard-throwing right-hander continued to make an airtight case for a spot in the starting rotation, mostly breezing through a Nationals lineup loaded with regulars on 51 pitches. Anne Rogers of reports Martinez topped out at 94 mph on his fastball but mostly hovered in the range of 90 mph while concentrating on his fastball command. Martinez's velocity certainly speaks to the health of his previously troublesome shoulder, a sentiment the veteran echoed after the game. "Right now I feel really good," Martinez said. "Last year I felt frustration because of [shoulder weakness], but right now I feel really comfortable, I feel ready. I feel strong."

February 25, 2020 11:24 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: No issues after first outing
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Martinez, who threw 34 pitches Sunday in a Grapefruit League tie against the Mets, emerged from the outing without any shoulder issues and played catch Monday, Anne Rogers of reports.

The right-hander is vying for a return to the starting rotation this spring, and with Miles Mikolas (forearm) slated to miss the start of the regular season, Martinez looks to have a clear path to his goal. The veteran's outing against New York was a mixed bag, with Martinez cruising through his first frame before surrendering a pair of walks that helped lead to two earned runs in the next inning. Manager Mike Shildt has emphasized that how Martinez recovers and prepares between outings will be of overriding importance in determining if he can reclaim a rotation spot this season. "I think games are going to matter, of course," Shildt said. "It's just really about what he does during the work and how he recovers in between the games that's really going to dictate as we try to ramp him up."

February 16, 2020 12:12 AM
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Throws full bullpen Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez, who's vying to return to the starting rotation on a full-time basis, threw a complete bullpen session Saturday morning, Anne Rogers of reports.

The fact Martinez was able to go full throttle two days after his Thursday bullpen session was certainly encouraging with respect to his rotation aspirations. The right-hander spent all of last season as a reliever, logging 48.1 innings out of the bullpen and enjoying impressive success as a closer with 24 saves in 27 chances while generating a 53:18 K:BB. As his first action of spring indicates, Martinez appears to be holding up well in the early going, although he'll ramp up the intensity when he and his fellow pitchers face hitters for the first time next week.

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