Update (8:49 PM EDT): Martinez left his start with tightness in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. He’ll be reevaluated on Saturday.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez exited Friday’s start against the Brewers after only seven pitches with an apparent injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He walked off with a trainer and was visibly emotional in exiting. Tyler Lyons took the mound in relief.
We’ll know more about the type of injury Martinez suffered shortly and will pass it along here as soon as possible. Losing Martinez to an injury so close to the beginning of the playoffs would be a big blow to the Cardinals.
Martinez, 24, entered Friday’s start with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 184/63 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings.
Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Nationals with what was described as a minor back issue. The decision was really more about limiting the 23-year-old’s workload, which is something the Cardinals are now doing with 24-year-old righty Michael Wacha. Proof of that is Martinez getting clearance to return to the rotation Friday in St. Louis’ big series opener versus the Pirates.
J.J. Bailey of KMOV says Martinez will go Friday, Jaime Garcia will take Saturday, and John Lackey will pitch Sunday. This means Lance Lynn is going to get some extra time to rest his rolled right ankle.
St. Louis opened play Tuesday with a six-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central standings. Martinez boasts a 2.91 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 154 2/3 innings this season.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cardinals will skip right-hander Carlos Martinez on Tuesday against the Nationals and call up left-hander Marco Gonzales to start instead.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Martinez is dealing with a back issue which isn’t believed to be serious. The 23-year-old has already thrown a career-high 154 2/3 innings this season while posting a 2.91 ERA, but the results have been mixed over the past month. The Cardinals have their eyes on the postseason, so it makes sense to rest him now. Surely the Nationals won’t complain.
Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first-round pick from 2013, has thrown just 75 1/3 innings in the minors this season due to pectoral and shoulder injuries. The numbers on the whole haven’t been pretty for the southpaw, but he has a 2.66 ERA over his last four starts in Triple-A and will try to keep that going against major league hitters. The 23-year-old had a 4.15 ERA in five starts and five relief appearances in his first taste of the majors last year.