The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that starter Carlos Martinez and catcher Yadier Molina have both been activated from the 10-day disabled list. To make room for them on the 25-man roster, the club optioned catcher Carson Kelly and pitcher Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis.
Molina, 35, suffered a traumatic hematoma when he took a foul tip between his legs last month. He underwent emergency surgery and missed nearly a month. Molina returns batting .272/.292/.456 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 120 plate appearances.
Martinez, 26, strained his right lat muscle. He had been pitching excellently up to that point, boasting a 1.62 ERA with a 47/22 K/BB ratio in 50 innings across eight starts. He’ll take the mound on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.