UPDATE: According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak just announced Martinez will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder strain. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com writes that no surgery will be needed, but it’s brutal news for the Cardinals.
12:39 p.m. ET: Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez was forced to exit his start against the Brewers last night after just seven pitches due to shoulder tightness. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, early strength tests were positive, but more should be known after he goes for an MRI on Saturday.
Martinez said that he first felt some discomfort in his start against the Cubs on Sunday. However, he didn’t inform the medical staff. While he intended to pitch through it last night, it didn’t take long for him to realize that something wasn’t right.
“I tried to throw today and knew it didn’t feel completely right, but I thought I could pitch through it,” Martinez said. “After I threw the first pitch, I knew there was something wrong.”
Martinez, who has averaged in the mid-90s with his fastball this season, threw an 88 mph fastball to begin his start last night. Not a great sign.
Martinez has emerged in the absence of staff ace Adam Wainwright this season, posting a 3.01 ERA and 184/63 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings over 29 starts and two relief appearances. The 24-year-old logged 99 2/3 innings between the majors and minors last season, so he has seen a large increase in his workload. It would be a huge loss if the Cardinals had to go into the postseason without him.