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Carlos Martinez exits start after seven pitches due to shoulder tightness

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Update (8:49 PM EDT): Martinez left his start with tightness in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. He’ll be reevaluated on Saturday.

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Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez exited Friday’s start against the Brewers after only seven pitches with an apparent injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He walked off with a trainer and was visibly emotional in exiting. Tyler Lyons took the mound in relief.

We’ll know more about the type of injury Martinez suffered shortly and will pass it along here as soon as possible. Losing Martinez to an injury so close to the beginning of the playoffs would be a big blow to the Cardinals.

Martinez, 24, entered Friday’s start with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 184/63 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.