Russell Martin is finished for the season with a fractured hip, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that there’s some hope he’ll be able to avoid surgery.
According to Gurnick “three specialists agree” that Martin will rest for 3-4 weeks and “be re-evaluated in September to determine if the fracture and/or the hip labrum he also tore will require surgery.”
Because the surgery has a three-month recovery timetable Martin can afford to delay a decision for a while and still be on track to be healthy for spring training. However, as Gurnick explains it’s far from a run-of-the-mill injury:
The injury was suffered on a freak play, when Martin made an awkward landing on his right foot, jamming the top of his leg into the cartilage-like material that insulates the inside of the hip joint. Such a traumatic hip injury is considered unusual for baseball players, and even the specialists have limited cases for comparison. Because of the requirement for catchers to squat, and the stress squatting puts on the hip, it’s not clear what Martin faces long term.
Once upon a time moving Martin to another position may have been an option, but his bat is no longer good enough to be an asset anywhere but catcher.
ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.
The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.
Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.
Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.
“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.