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Keynan Middleton has UCL damage, to get second opinion

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The Angels announced on Monday that closer Keynan Middleton underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. He will get a second opinion that will determine if the right-hander needs Tommy John surgery.

Middleton, 24, was placed on the 10-day disabled list at the beginning of the month and was activated on Thursday. He was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Twins with more discomfort in his right elbow.

In 16 appearances this season, Middleton has six saves with a 2.04 ERA and a 16/9 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings. Jim Johnson, Cam Bedrosian, and Blake Parker are all candidates to handle save situations while Middleton is out.

Carlos Martínez to work out of Cardinals’ bullpen for rest of season

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When Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez returns from the disabled list, likely some time next week, he will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martínez has been on the disabled list since late July with a strained right shoulder. The plan is still for Martínez to start in 2019 and beyond.

GM John Mozeliak said, “If you’re going to go down that starting path and you’re starting at ground zero, the likelihood of him being back would be sometime in mid-September. And we’ve done that twice this year and ended up in the same place after a few starts.”

Martínez, 26, has a 3.41 ERA and a 98/49 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings across 18 starts this season. The Cardinals’ rotation currently features Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, John Gant, Luke Weaver, and Austin Gomber.

The Cardinals entered play Monday 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the National League, so adding Martínez to the bullpen — or, subtracting him from the rotation, depending on how you look at it — could make a significant impact on the club’s playoff chances.