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Daniel Murphy to miss time with fractured finger

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Rockies first baseman Daniel Murphy is expected to land on the injured list after fracturing his left index finger during Friday’s 6-1 win over the Marlins. It is still unclear just how long he’ll be out of a starting gig this season, as no concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup.

Murphy, 33, sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the fourth inning of Friday’s game. According to postgame comments made by manager Bud Black, the infielder came away from the play with a jammed index finger, which X-rays later revealed to be a fracture in the first joint of the finger. Despite the obvious discomfort, Murphy remained in the game and went 1-for-5 with a ninth-inning single off of Miami right-hander Sergio Romo.

With Murphy unable to man his post for Saturday’s game against the Marlins, Black turned to second baseman Ryan McMahon as a temporary replacement. McMahon may split first-base duties with veteran first baseman Mark Reynolds for the foreseeable future, especially as rookie infielder Garrett Hampson appears well-positioned to handle the keystone this spring.

Update: Nick Groke of The Athletic reports that Murphy is scheduled to meet with a hand specialist this week, as the Rockies are concerned he could have tendon damage in addition to the fracture. If that’s the case, his recovery could take several weeks.

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.