The Trade Deadline in the Social Media Age: Rajai Davis just followed a bunch of Cardinals people

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In the past couple of years, the fun harbinger of trades is to watch players hug their teammates in the dugout during games. That’s a sure sign that they were just informed they were traded and they’re about to leave. We saw this last week with Scott Kazmir. It’s come to be called the “Hug Watch” on Twitter.

Here’s a new angle to it. As many, including our Drew Silva noted a few minutes ago, Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis just followed a crap-ton of Cardinals-related accounts on Twitter, including reporters and players. His most recent follows include the MLB.com reporter for the Cardinals, the Fox Sports Midwest people, Randall Grichuk, and a zillion other Cards players, some current, some former.

So: is the “scoop” on an alleged Rajai Davis trade his follow list, or is Davis just bored today and pulling everyone’s leg? Part of me hopes it’s the latter because that’d be pretty hilarious and subversive. Part of me hopes it’s the former because it further shows the inanity of caring about the “scoop” these days.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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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.