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Roberto Clemente Award Nominees announced

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The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Anthony Rizzo won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they are listed below.

Tomorrow will be Roberto Clemente Day, and all the home teams will honor their nominees. Visiting teams will do it for their guys on their next home stand.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a blue ribbon panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast baseball, MLB.com and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component, the winner of which receives one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.  You can vote here from tomorrow through September 18.

The nominees:

Arizona DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt

Atlanta BravesKurt Suzuki

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis

Boston Red SoxBrock Holt

Chicago CubsJon Lester

Chicago White Sox – José Abreu

Cincinnati Reds Tucker Barnhart

Cleveland IndiansCarlos Carrasco

Colorado RockiesIan Desmond

Detroit TigersMichael Fulmer

Houston AstrosCharlie Morton

Kansas City RoyalsDanny Duffy

Los Angeles AngelsAndrew Heaney

Los Angeles DodgersJustin Turner

Miami Marlins – Martín Prado

Milwaukee Brewers – Corey Knebel

Minnesota TwinsJoe Mauer

New York MetsSteven Matz

New York YankeesCC Sabathia

Oakland AthleticsChad Pinder

Philadelphia PhilliesRhys Hoskins

Pittsburgh PiratesJameson Taillon

St. Louis CardinalsYadier Molina

San Diego PadresClayton Richard

San Francisco GiantsBuster Posey

Seattle MarinersNelson Cruz

Tampa Bay RaysMallex Smith

Texas RangersCole Hamels

Toronto Blue JaysKevin Pillar

Washington NationalsRyan Zimmerman

NOTE: Cole Hamels was traded to the Cubs, of course, but he still is the Rangers nominee.

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.