I’ve gone about this many times in the past, but as a new season dawns, let me remind you all that inside the park home runs are almost always dumb. Sure, once in a while it’s a matter of pure, burning speed and a bang-bang play at the plate. But most of the time it’s a matter of a random bounce or a physical mistake by an outfielder in which he didn’t get close enough to the ball to even have an error called on him.
Or sometimes both. Like the one Allen Craig hit this afternoon. Made possible by a carom and Jose Bautista falling on his kiester. If Allen Craig scores on an inside the park home run and doesn’t even have to slide, you know it’s way less than the name implies:
Give me triples. Triples over inside the parkers seven days a week.
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.