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Tigers place Matt Moore on 10-day injured list

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Tigers southpaw Matt Moore is headed to the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Sunday. According to Gardenhire’s comments, the lefty could opt to rehab his injured knee on the IL or undergo surgery, though the skipper didn’t specify which kind of procedure would be recommended or how long a full recovery might take.

Moore, 29, suffered the injury during the third inning of Saturday’s 7-4 win over the Royals. With one out remaining, the Royals’ Billy Hamilton tried for a bunt and Moore went scrambling after the ball. He made the throw to first from his knees and shot wide of the base, allowing Hamilton to safely reach second. While he didn’t appear to be in immediate pain after the play, he tossed just two more pitches to induce an inning-ending groundout, then was promptly replaced by lefty Daniel Norris at the top of the fourth.

Prior to the injury, Moore had 10 scoreless innings of three-hit, nine-strikeout ball under his belt in 2019. He’s coming off of an underwhelming one-year stint with the Rangers, during which he pitched to a 3-8 record in 12 starts with a combined 6.79 ERA, 3.6 BB/9, and 7.9 SO/9 across 102 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Drew VerHagen was recalled from the injured list and will assume Moore’s roster spot. Norris, who pitched three innings in relief on Saturday, will cover for Moore in the rotation for the foreseeable future. The 25-year-old has allowed three runs on five hits and three walks through 5 1/3 innings so far this season.

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.