The latest update in the NL All-Star balloting has been released and there are a few things of note. Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki remains the leading vote-getter and has actually expanded his lead from from last week. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is well out in front at the catcher position and currently has the second-most votes in the NL.
There are a couple of position shake-ups since last week. Mets third baseman David Wright has hopped over the injured Nolan Arenado. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez has vaulted from fifth to third among outfielders. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon has dropped from second to fifth while Andrew McCutchen still finds himself in fourth. Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers still holds the lead at first base, but maybe not for long. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is right on his heels.
Here’s the full update:
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.