Well, it’s either chutzpah or it’s deliciously but somewhat cruelly tongue-in-cheek. Here’s Heyman on Twitter a few minutes ago, talking about Luis Castillo:
not sure castillo gets a job. backup 2b aren’t in demand, even for the minimum. bad pub doesn’t help either.
Gee, I wonder where that “bad pub” came from. If only someone had kept track of this stuff. Oh yeah, we did. Heyman’s recent Castillo tweets:
- “among overpriced #mets on bubble, word is ollie perez will get more time to show he belongs than luis castillo. #choppingblock”
- “i am sick of luis castillo already this spring, and im not even in port st lucie anymore (and neither is he there, by the way)”
- “luis castillo showed only yest bec brother had surgery, he said. a hospital make good for blowing off walter reed? #excuses”
Yeah, it’s a shame about all that “bad pub.” Mercy.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.