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.
Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn rolled his right ankle in the eighth inning of a shutout bid Saturday against the Giants and had to be pulled from the game, but it sounds like he is going to be fine.
According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lynn was diagnosed with a “mild” right ankle sprain and team trainers “were encouraged by the limited swelling” in his lower right leg. Lynn was moving around the visitors clubhouse at AT&T Park without a bad limp and even wore his pair of cowboy boots back to the Cardinals’ hotel.
If the husky 28-year-old does need to miss a turn in the rotation, the Cardinals can call on either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. That won’t be difficult with major league rosters expanding on Tuesday.
Lynn worked seven scoreless innings on Saturday in San Francisco and boasts a 2.80 ERA on the year.
Update (7:31 PM EST): Lynn has been diagnosed with a mild right ankle strain, per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.
Cardinals starter Lance Lynn left after facing one batter in the top of the eighth inning, as he injured his right ankle making a throw on what turned out to be an infield single for Giants pinch-hitter Juan Perez. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that Lynn’s ankle “folded like origami” attempting to make the throw to first base. Fortunately, Lynn was able to walk off the field under his own power.
Lynn entered the inning having shut the Giants out over seven innings on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He was relieved by Randy Choate, who struck out Nori Aoki before giving way to Seth Maness. Maness maintained the Cardinals’ 4-0 lead by inducing a 6-4-3 double play out of Matt Duffy. The Cardinals would tack on two more runs to put the game further out of reach.
Lynn, 28, has a 2.80 ERA with a 148/53 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings this season. We should learn more about his condition later this evening.