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February 17, 2020 05:36 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Suspended for PEDs again
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Martes was hit with a year-long suspension Monday after a second failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Martes picked up an 80-game suspension at the start of last season after testing positive for Clomiphene in March. After testing positive for Boldenone this time around, he'll miss a full 162 games. His stock will be quite low when he's eligible to return in 2021, as a combination of failed drug tests and Tommy John surgery will have conspired to limit him to just 25 total innings from 2018 to 2020.

September 2, 2019 09:28 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Makes full-season debut
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Martes (elbow) made a rehab appearance Sunday for Low-A Quad Cities, tossing 2.2 innings and giving up two runs on one hit and three walks while striking out three.

Making the third appearance of his rehab assignment and his first for a full-season affiliate since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2018, Martes generally fared well in the outing, with the exception of giving up a first-inning solo shot. The 23-year-old is unlikely to make it back to the Astros as a September callup, but he'll presumably enter next spring with no restrictions now that he's already resumed pitching in a competitive setting.

August 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Officially placed on IL
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Martes (elbow) was reinstated from the restricted list and placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Round Rock, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

He served an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug and then remained on the restricted list due to visa issues. Now he is officially on the IL as he works his way back from UCL reconstruction surgery, which he underwent a year ago. Martes probably won't return until 2020, but it's possible he could play winter ball.

August 10, 2019 05:52 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Visa issues resolved
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Martes (elbow) has had his visa issues resolved and is traveling back to Florida, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Martes underwent Tommy John surgery last August and isn't likely to take the mound at any point this season as a result. However, Rome also noted that Martes will be added to the team's 40-man roster soon, a noteworthy development.

June 26, 2019 08:52 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Remains on restricted list
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Martes (elbow) has completed his 80-game suspension, though he is still on the restricted list due to visa issues, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Martes underwent Tommy John surgery last August and isn't expected to pitch for the Astros this season anyway, per Kaplan.

March 13, 2019 07:36 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Suspended 80 games
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Martes was suspended 80 games Tuesday after testing positive for the banned substance Clomiphene, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Martes was already expected to miss most if not all of the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He'll be docked 80 games' pay and will be ineligible for the postseason.

March 6, 2019 12:36 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Heads to minors camp
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Martes (elbow) was optioned to the Astros' minor-league camp Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The move is merely a procedural one with Martes unlikely to be ready for game action until late in the season, if at all, while he recovers from the Tommy John procedure he required last August. It's possible Martes reverts to the 60-day injured list at some point in 2019 to afford the Astros an extra spot on the 40-man roster.

February 14, 2019 12:08 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Continues throwing program
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Martes (elbow) progressed to throwing from 90 feet on flat ground Wednesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery back in August of 2018, and it seems like everything in his recovery process is going as planned. As things stand now, Martes is hopeful that he'll be able to get back to game action in August or September of 2019.

August 15, 2018 06:04 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Undergoes UCL reconstruction surgery
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Martes underwent UCL reconstruction surgery in his right elbow Wednesday, which will keep him out of action for 12-to-16 months, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Martes made just four starts for Triple-A Fresno this season, posting a 6.75 ERA and an 18.1 percent walk rate before hitting the disabled list in late April. He'll now miss the rest of the season and likely all of next year as well. He was highly rated as a prospect despite command issues, and even if he's out until 2020, he'll still be just 24 years old.

June 22, 2018 04:04 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Shut down with elbow
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Martes (elbow) has been shut down and will not return to competition until late July or early August, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Martes made four starts at Triple-A Fresno before landing on the disabled list in late April with a right elbow injury and is not expected to begin throwing until early July. It would be easy to dismiss his 6.75 ERA and 17 walks over 18.2 innings as a result of the injury, but the right-hander has struggled with command for years and has not good at the upper levels of the minors or in the majors.

May 14, 2018 11:36 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Plays catch without incident Saturday
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Martes (elbow) was able to play catch Saturday at the Astros' spring training facility with "no issues," according to general manager Jeff Luhnow, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Martes was shut down with right elbow discomfort in late April after walking 17 batters and posting a 6.75 ERA and 2.31 WHIP across 18.2 innings with Triple-A Fresno. He underwent a follow-up MRI in Houston that revealed no structural damage, but the Astros aren't eager to rush the righty back to Triple-A. He'll likely remain at extended spring training to build up his arm for the next couple of weeks before the Astros map out a return date for him.

April 3, 2018 08:36 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Will start third game at Triple-A
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Martes has been named to start the third game of the season for Triple-A Fresno, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Martes had a strong spring and made a case to be on the Opening Day roster as a reliever, but will instead work as a starter in the Grizzlies' rotation. The organization views him as a starter long term.

March 18, 2018 10:52 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Optioned to minors camp
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The Astros optioned Martes to their minor-league camp Sunday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic Houston reports.

Though he was trimmed from the roster, Martes will rejoin the Astros on March 24 for his previously scheduled Grapefruit League start against the Red Sox, according to Kaplan. Martes, who has impressed this spring with a 1.93 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 9.1 innings across four appearances, is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Fresno, where he'll continue his development as a starter. Despite his prospect pedigree and strong spring, however, Martes won't necessarily be first in line to join the big-league rotation should an injury hit the starting ranks, as Collin McHugh and Brad Peacock likely top the list of replacement options.

March 4, 2018 11:20 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Needs to be ready for callup
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Martes could be called up at anytime to fill in as a starter or reliever for Houston this season, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Manager A.J. Hinch was impressed with how Martes threw Saturday when he struck out four over 2.2 innings of relief, but the club will continue to groom him as a starter. The manager was particularly pleased that the right-hander more frequently incorporated his changeup, a pitch he barely threw while up with the Astros in 2017. "That's a sign of maturity for him," Hinch said. "That's also an understanding that that's going to be an important pitch for him." Martes, using mainly a fastball-slider combination last year, carried a bloated 5.80 ERA with 31 walks over 54.1 innings into the offseason. Developing a third pitch and harnessing the command of his high-90s heater are the top goals for Martes, who will open the season as a member of the starting rotation at Triple-A Fresno.

February 18, 2018 10:16 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Shows better tempo
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Martes has showed improve control during spring bullpen sessions, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Better control was just one of a few improvements Martes brought to camp. The 22-year-old right-hander also trimmed up his husky frame and slowed down his delivery, which had been the root cause of his control problems last year (5.1 BB/9, 54.1 IP) when he was up with the Astros. He tended to spray the ball when the delivery was rushed. The mid-90s fastball is still there and his slider can play in MLB, however, Martes will not take the next step without improving his control. Given good health among Houston's projected starting staff, Martes is expected to open the season in the rotation at Triple-A Fresno.

October 1, 2017 11:24 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Shows room for improvement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martes accrued an ERA of 5.91 across 53.1 innings in 2017 with the Astros.

The young right-hander saw his first big-league action this season, although it's obvious he's still a work in progress. After starting four games, Martes was moved to the bullpen, where he struggled down the stretch. Over his last 22 innings pitched, he gave up 21 runs and allowed 17 walks. Surprisingly, Martes earned a K/9 of 11.31, indicating that he has the talent needed to succeed. He just needs more experience. It's unlikely that the 21-year-old will see any key innings during the playoffs.

July 30, 2017 03:48 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Spoils McHugh's outing
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Martes (3-1) allowed three runs on two hits, a hit batsman and a wild pitch over two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Tigers.

Martes had appeared to find himself in the bullpen, having struck out 10 and walking two over four scoreless and hitless appearances. The silver lining is that he didn't walk anyone, but he missed location on several pitches and spoiled an encouraging start by Collin McHugh. Martes' spot on the active roster could be in jeopardy over the next 24 to 48 hours. If the Astros get busy before the trade deadline, it's likely they'll add a pitcher. Whether that be a high-end starter like Sonny Gray or a left-handed reliever, the team will need to clear a roster spot, and Martes' is the most logical.

July 23, 2017 09:32 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Picks up win in long relief
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Martes (3-0) allowed one walk while striking out two over 2.1 scoreless relief innings to pick up the win in Houston's 8-4 victory over Baltimore.

When Collin McHugh faltered in the fifth inning, manager A.J. Hinch called on Martes, who navigated the middle innings, bridging the gap to the Astros' late-inning corps. Martes has settled into a long-relief role, having struck out nine and walked two over 6.1 hitless and scoreless relief frames, spanning three appearances. The control problems that bedeviled him as a starter haven't been there when Martes pitches as a reliever. Despite the positive impact out of the pen, his stay with Houston may be coming to an end when Dallas Keuchel (neck) is ready to be activated off the disabled list, which could happen as soon as Friday.

July 16, 2017 11:52 AM
Astros' Francis Martes: Pitches in relief Saturday
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Martes struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Twins.

Martes is one of the organization's top starting prospects, but has been moved to the bullpen after making four starts for the Astros. Saturday's bullpen effort was the best of his four relief appearances, and the first scoreless one. With both Collin McHugh (elbow) and Dallas Keuchel (neck) making rehabilitation starts this week and nearing their returns to Houston's staff, Martes will likely head back to Triple-A Fresno, where he can resume his routine as a starter.

July 10, 2017 03:40 PM
Astros' Francis Martes: Likely headed back to Fresno
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Martes is expected to head back to Triple-A Fresno and continue to develop as a starter, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Charlie Morton's recent return to the rotation gave the Astros a full complement of starters, so the question centers on what to do with Martes, who has been hit hard in 24.1 innings (14 earned runs on 23 hits). Although manager A.J. Hinch is intrigued by the notion of one of the organization's top pitching prospects feeling the pressure of major-league stadiums, he doesn't think Martes will benefit from throwing relief innings against major-league hitters. We expect him to be officially sent down to Fresno and get another six or seven starts to finish out the Triple-A schedule.

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vs LHB 23.200 4.1801527
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