Martinez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right ankle injury Tuesday.
Martinez acknowledged after his last start that he was pitching through pain after twisting his ankle, and it showed in the box score, as he allowed five runs. The Cardinals had previously listed Martinez as the scheduled starter for Friday's game against the Padres, but they've evidently changed plans. It's presently unclear whether Martinez is expected to miss more than one start. Johan Oviedo was recalled in a corresponding move.
The Cardinals list Martinez (ankle) as their probable starter for Friday's game in San Diego.
Though Martinez came away with his third straight win in his last outing May 8 against the Rockies, he was bothered by a sore right ankle after tweaking it in the Cardinals' victory celebration a day earlier. Due to a team off day Monday, Martinez will have five days to rest up between starts, which should provide him with enough time to move past the ankle issue. Martinez sports a decent 4.35 ERA and a strong 1.16 WHIP through 41.1 innings, but his measly 12.6 K% has made him tough to rely on for fantasy purposes, especially with league-wide strikeout rates at an all-time high.
Martinez was pitching through pain Saturday against the Rockies after twisting his ankle the day before, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Martinez reportedly suffered the injury while celebrating a homer by fellow pitcher Jack Flaherty. He wasn't at this best Saturday, giving up five runs in five frames, though that was still good enough for a win. Given that he got through Saturday's start, he's seemingly at minimal risk of missing his next outing, which lines up for next Friday against the Padres.
Martinez (3-4) earned the win Saturday against the Rockies after giving up five runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts over five innings.
The right-hander generated only four swinging strikes on 97 pitches while issuing a season-high five walks Saturday, though he still grabbed the win since the Cardinals scored all nine of their runs across the first five innings off the contest. Martinez has a 4.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 22:14 K:BB across 41.1 innings through seven starts in 2021.
Martinez (2-4) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three in eight scoreless innings to earn the win against the Pirates on Sunday.
Martinez earned his first win of the season Tuesday, and he put together another dominant performance against Pittsburgh on Sunday. The right-hander allowed baserunners in each of the first six innings, but he limited the damage en route to his first scoreless outing of the year. Martinez has now posted a 3.72 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 36.1 innings across his first six starts of 2021. He tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Rockies on Friday.
Martinez (1-4) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks while striking out four against the Phillies on Tuesday, earning his first win as a starting pitcher since July 2018.
Martinez started off a little rocky after finding himself with runners on second and third and one out but was able to limit the damage to one run on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto. He later gave up an unearned run in the fourth that came as a result of two errors in the inning. He played a major part in limiting the Phillies to a season-low three hits and has now gone at least six innings while allowing one earned run in his last two outings. Martinez does appear to be trending in the right direction after posting a 7.80 ERA over his first three starts, but he should still be considered more of a streaming option moving forward. He's lined up to take on Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Monday.
Martinez (0-4) took the loss Wednesday as the Cardinals fell 1-0 to the Nationals, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three.
The right-hander was sharp in delivering his first quality start of the season, firing 62 of 91 pitches for strikes. Unfortunately for the Cards, Max Scherzer was in Cy Young form for the Nats. Martinez will take a 6.00 ERA and 13:5 K:BB through 21 innings into his next outing Tuesday at home against the Phillies.
Martinez (0-3) allowed six runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings as he took the loss against the Phillies on Friday.
Martinez didn't allow any baserunners in four of his five innings Friday, but he unraveled in the second inning and allowed nine runners to reach base in the frame. The right-hander has lasted five innings in each of his first three outings of the season, but he's given up at least three runs in each of his starts. His next start should come on the road against Washington on Wednesday.
Martinez (0-2) took the loss Saturday versus Milwaukee after giving up three runs on eight hits with one strikeout and zero walks across five innings.
The 29-year-old limited the Brewers to one run through four frames, but Avisail Garcia launched a two-run homer during the fifth inning to sour the right-hander's afternoon. Martinez has allowed seven runs over 10 innings through his first two starts of the season and should pitch at Philadelphia next weekend.
Martinez (0-1) allowed four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.
The longtime Cardinal kept St. Louis in it early, but he decided to challenge Nick Castellanos with two on and two out in the fifth inning and Castellanos made Martinez pay. Around the Castellanos homer, Martinez was fine, throwing 50 total strikes and inducing 10 swinging strikes on 77 pitches. He will have friendlier park dimensions to work with next weekend when the Cardinals host the Brewers.
Martinez fired three scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League tie with the Mets on Monday, allowing no hits and one walk while recording two strikeouts.
The right-hander, who'll open the season in the starting rotation, will head into the season with some serious momentum after firing the equivalent of a complete-game shutout over his last pair of spring outings. Martinez's Grapefruit League performances ran the gamut from stellar to dreadful, as he gave up a combined 13 earned runs in three trips to the mound while posting scoreless efforts in three others.
Martinez fired six scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Wednesday, allowing four hits, two walks and hitting a batter while recording five strikeouts.
Martinez presumably entered Wednesday's outing with some serious ground to make up on John Gant for a spot in the starting rotation, and he impressively met the moment with his best performance of the spring. Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports Martinez was able to deploy all five of his pitches with success, and manager Mike Shildt remarked that there's a "really good chance" the veteran right-hander opens the regular season as the No. 3 starter, although the status of Kwang Hyun Kim (back) for his first scheduled turn through the rotation is expected to play an integral role in whether that comes to fruition.
Martinez allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks across three innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Friday. He struck out one.
Martinez had allowed just two earned runs across the seven innings covering his previous pair of spring starts, so Friday's outing was unquestionably a step back. However, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports the veteran right-hander was satisfied with his reincorporation of a sinker that worked particularly well for him as both a starter and closer back in 2018. "All my two-seamers today were like I wanted," Martinez said. "That was a real two-seamer and a big two-seamer. ... I want to stay there, because for the season, it's going to help me a lot."
Martinez allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk over four innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Sunday. He struck out three.
That's back-to-back solid starts for Martinez after a rough Grapefruit League debut against the Astros back on March 4. The right-hander's chances of earning a rotation spot are increasingly strong due not only to his improved form over his last pair of turns, but because Miles Mikolas' shoulder problems are threatening to open up another vacancy to start the season.
Martinez fired three scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Mets on Tuesday, allowing two hits and two walks while regarding three strikeouts.
The right-hander's strong effort validated the confident tone he'd sounded after a disastrous spring debut against the Astros on Thursday. Martinez stretched out to 53 pitches in Tuesday's start, throwing 33 for strikes to stay in the thick of the race for the No. 5 job in the starting rotation.
Martinez, who allowed six earned runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batsman over 1.2 innings in a Grapefruit League loss to the Astros on Thursday, still sounded a confident tone following the outing, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. "I know the result wasn't the result I wanted, but I feel good," Martinez said. "I feel good with all my pitches. I know I can be better in the next couple starts."
The right-hander is pushing to become a prominent member of the starting rotation once again this spring, but if Martinez doesn't improve considerably, he could be fighting merely to hold onto a roster spot. Manager Mike Shildt backed up Martinez's confidence in his stuff prior to the game, lauding the veteran for coming to camp in great shape and going about his business in a positive fashion following a difficult, COVID-impacted 2020. Shildt still praised the way the ball was coming out of Martinez's hand following the outing and added, "Carlos is going to be just fine."
Martinez did a good job keeping several Cardinals starters off balance with his breaking pitches during Friday's live batting practice session, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The veteran right-hander is gunning to fill the one projected vacancy in the Cardinals' starting rotation, and he certainly made an impression Friday by flummoxing the trio of Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina. Martinez will soon have a chance to make his case for a starting role in Grapefruit League games as well, but even if he is passed over for a rotation spot to start the season, he could well prove to be an important relief asset after performing well in that capacity in 2018 and 2019.
Martinez, who enjoyed a successful run in winter ball in the Dominican Republic, enters spring training focused on regaining a spot in the starting rotation, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "I feel great with all my pitches," said Martinez. "One hundred percent focused. On my mind, focused, on my workout, focused, on working hard. ... If I didn't play in the winter league, I wouldn't [be as prepared] right now."
The veteran right-hander was felled by COVID-19 during the abbreviated 2020 campaign, and as an asthmatic, he was clearly suffering residual effects once he returned. Martinez generated an unsightly 9.90 ERA and 2.10 WHIP -- both career-worst figures -- across 20 innings over five starts before landing on the injured list with an oblique strain in the final week of the season. However, Martinez made up for some lost time this winter, opting to play in the Dominican Republic for the first time since the 2014-15 offseason and posting a 1-0 record and 1.84 ERA in three starts while working on refining his pitch combinations. Battery mate Yadier Molina went 0-for-3 against Martinez while facing him in the Caribbean Series and noted the pitcher looked stronger and more poised on the mound. Despite the momentum he carries into spring camp, Martinez will still be challenged to carve out a rotation spot, considering there is only one vacancy at present and the promising Alex Reyes remains very much in the mix for it.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||vs COL||W 9-8||1||5.0||6||5||5||2|
|05/02||@ PIT||W 3-0||1||8.0||5||0||2||3|
|04/27||vs PHI||W 5-2||1||7.1||2||1||2||4|
|04/21||@ WAS||L 0-1||1||6.0||4||1||1||3|
|04/16||@ PHI||L 2-9||1||5.0||5||6||2||5|
|04/10||vs MIL||L 5-9||1||5.0||8||3||0||1|
|04/04||@ CIN||L 1-12||1||5.0||4||4||2||4|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||38.0||8||8||0||3||2||0||50||14||27||2.37||1.079|
|2011||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||46.0||10||10||0||3||3||0||48||30||49||5.28||1.717|
|2012||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||33.0||7||7||0||2||2||0||34||10||29||3.00||1.182|