Cardinals send prospect Carlos Martinez down to Triple-A

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Called up to help the Cardinals’ sagging bullpen four weeks ago, 21-year-old prospect Carlos Martinez is headed down to Triple-A after making seven appearances with a 4.50 ERA and 9/3 K/BB ratio in eight innings.

Martinez flashed the overpowering raw stuff that made him an elite prospect as a starter, averaging 96.0 miles per hour with his fastball, but it’s assumed that the Cardinals want him to continue starting at Triple-A.

He ranked as a top 50 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com going into the season, boasting a 2.74 ERA and 277 strikeouts in 250 innings spent entirely as a starter.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.

Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.

The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.

Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).