On Saturday, Giants outfielder Nori Aoki was hit in the leg with a pitch. It was thought to just be a bruise or, as the doctors say, an “ouchie,” but it’s more than that: he has a fractured fibula and now is heading to the disabled list.
This is a blow to the Giants, who already have Hunter Pence on the DL with an ailing wrist. Travis Ishikawa will likely be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Aoki. He and/or Brandon Belt will play first with the other covering left, perhaps interchangeably.
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.