Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall has been saying for years that the honor of a number retirement would be bestowed at some point on Randy Johnson and his 51 jersey. And now that “The Big Unit” has officially been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, plans for an official ceremony — to take place in 2015 at Arizona’s Chase Field — are in the works.
From beat reporter Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona …
It will be the third number retired by the Diamondbacks; Luis Gonzalez and his No. 20 got the honor in 2010 and Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 was retired by every organization in Major League Baseball in 1997.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said pitcher Carlos Martínez will work out of the bullpen when he returns from the injured list, The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports. Shildt noted that the decision is based on Martínez’s needs rather than the team’s needs, which suggests he may not yet have the strength to pitch as a starter.
Martínez, 27, opened the season on the injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain. The right-hander was also injured last year, battling lat and oblique injuries. He will go to extended spring training and likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Based on that time frame, Martínez should be activated around mid-May.
Last year, Martínez made 18 starts and 15 relief appearances, posting a 3.11 ERA with five saves and a 117/60 K/BB ratio across 118 2/3 innings. It is unclear what role(s) Martínez will have in the bullpen, but he could eventually help set up for closer Jordan Hicks.