With Monday’s day off, their last one of the regular season, the Athletics will readjust their starting rotation so that Sonny Gray pitches the regular season finale in Texas against the Rangers, per CSN Bay Area’s Joe Stiglich. The fading A’s, who defeated the Mariners on Sunday afternoon but have lost 12 of their last 17, will likely need every small advantage as they attempt to maintain a hold one of the two American League Wild Card slots.
The adjustment will have the Athletics sending out, in order, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija, and Sonny Gray in their three-game series against the Rangers at home from Tuesday through Thursday. Samardzija had been pitching ahead of Kazmir. Jon Lester and Jason Hammel remain unaffected at the back of the rotation.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.