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Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on the disabled list


The Cardinals announced on Thursday that starter Carlos Martinez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 9, with a strained right lat. Pitcher Mike Mayers has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

The club has not yet provided a timetable for Martinez’s recovery. It is also not clear exactly when Martinez suffered the injury, but it would help explain his struggles on Tuesday against the Twins — he gave up four runs over five innings.

Martinez, 26, owns a league-best 1.62 ERA on the season with a 47/22 K/BB ratio in 50 innings.

Mayers, 26, will work out of the bullpen. Across 19 2/3 innings in the majors, Mayers has struggled, yielding 27 runs (24 earned) on 35 hits and nine walks with 10 strikeouts.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.