Manny Ramirez was signed as a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate the Iowa Cubs. The Cubs also said that no matter what happens, they are not calling him up to the bigs. He’s there to coach and mentor young players, that’s it. Which is OK. I think Manny showed over the past couple of years that he can’t really cut it anymore. Even against Triple-A pitchers, he’s been pretty much overmatched.
But that’s cool. Because sometimes, when things go just right, he’ll connect. And we’ll get to see homemade video of it to distract us from remembering that Ramiez is basically done as a baseball player:
Like last night:
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.