Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig just made one of the best catches you’ll see this year. In the bottom of the second inning at Citi Field, Mets infielder Wilmer Flores smacked a fly ball off Zack Greinke which appeared destined to fall in right-center field. However, Puig went into a full sprint before diving to rob him of extra bases.
My words can’t really do it justice, so just watch it for goodness sakes:
I’m not sure how Puig made that catch without breaking his wrist or his arm. Just incredible. This play would have been more insane if Adrian Gonzalez managed to hold on to his throw to double off Lucas Duda. The throw beat him back to the first base bag, but the ball bounced out of Gonzalez’s glove. Still, pretty freakin’ amazing.
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.