Saltalamacchia suffers setback following surgery

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of the season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves a rib pushing against a nerve to cause neck, shoulder, and finger numbness.
In order to make up for the lost playing time and get a feel for life post-surgery Saltalamacchia headed to the Dominican Winter League, but unfortunately he almost immediately began experiencing pain in his shoulder and has been sent home.
“He played it safe and came out of the game,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’ll be evaluated in Texas on Friday. At this point we don’t know if it’s simply part of the rehab or something else.”
A serious setback could increase Texas’ interest in re-signing Ivan Rodriguez, who hit just .245/.279/.388 in 28 games for the Rangers after coming over from the Astros in a mid-August trade. Rodriguez could guarantee a return by accepting the Rangers’ offer of salary arbitration, but agent Scott Boras has hinted that’s unlikely because “the catching market is starved.”

Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on 10-day disabled list with oblique strain

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The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.

Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.