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What’s on Tap: Previewing this afternoon’s action

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Wednesday means day games and we’ve got seven of them this afternoon.

The Cubs and Padres day tilt is a makeup from the rainout the other night. They’ll go again at 8pm Eastern tonight. Beyond that there are some nice head-to-heads here, with the surprising Mat Latos taking on Cole Hamels. Chris Archer vs. Taijuan Walker is pretty spiffy as well. Maybe the best is Marcus Stroman vs. Madison Bumgarner. The Giants could use a stop from their stopper against a heating up Jays club.

Go home “sick” from work. Watch baseball.

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 1:05 PM EDT, Wrigley Field

Baltimore Orioles (Tyler Wilson) @ Minnesota Twins (Phil Hughes), 1:10 PM EDT, Target Field

Chicago White Sox (Mat Latos) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 2:05 PM EDT, Globe Life Park in Arlington

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 2:10 PM EDT, Minute Maid Park

Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @ Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker), 3:40 PM EDT, Safeco Field

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner), AT&T Park

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.