It’ll get slightly less attention than shutting down Stephen Strasburg last season, but the Nationals have shut down rookie Taylor Jordan after he reached 142 total innings between the majors and minors.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the initial plan called for Jordan to make a couple more starts, but his recent back problems convinced the Nationals to just shut him down now. Jordan underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2011 and logged just 54 total innings last season.
Despite missing the final six weeks Jordan had a heckuva season, advancing all the way from Single-A to the big leagues by posting an incredible 1.00 ERA in the minors. And then he more than held his own as a 24-year-old rookie, throwing 52 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 29/11 K/BB ratio for the Nationals.
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.