On Tuesday, Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 30 games — dating back to last season, of course — with a first-inning triple against the Mariners. That matched Hall of Famer George Brett for the Royals record.
Hitless in his first three at-bats on Wednesday against the Mariners, Merrifield set the new Royals record with a bunt single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Terrance Gore had just hit a two-out RBI single. Merrifield laid down a bunt on the left side, plating Gore to tie the game up at 5-5.
Merrifield entered Wednesday’s action batting .349/.378/.558 with five extra-base hits and three stolen bases in 45 plate appearances. His 31-game hitting streak is baseball’s longest since Dan Uggla hit in 33 consecutive games in 2011 with the Braves.
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.