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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.

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.