Mike Maddux denies pulling name from consideration in Cubs’ manager search

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Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening back in November, but said yesterday that he did not do the same with the Cubs’ job. He simply lost out to Dale Sveum.

Maddux cited family reasons for pulling out of the running in Boston, but later interviewed with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer for the Chicago gig. At the time Epstein indicated that Maddux removed his name from consideration in Chicago for similar reasons, but Maddux is now denying that was the case.

Maddux also told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he definitely would have kept his brother, Greg Maddux, within the Cubs organization as a coach in some capacity, although not necessarily as the pitching coach. Instead now Greg has joined Mike with the Rangers, serving as a special assistant to the front office.

Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue

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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.