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Pirates place Chris Archer on 10-day injured list with thumb inflammation

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Pirates starter Chris Archer is headed to the 10-day injured list after suffering a bout of inflammation in his right thumb, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Michael Feliz has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will assume Archer’s roster spot.

Archer, 30, started to feel discomfort in his pitching hand during Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers. He lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks and striking out three of 20 batters. This will be his first IL stint of 2019 and his first official time away from the team since he sustained a left groin strain last fall.

Before Saturday’s designation, the right-hander was 1-2 in five starts with a 4.33 ERA, 4.0 BB/9, and 9.7 SO/9 through 27 innings. His official replacement in the rotation has yet to be announced.

Feliz, 26, has yet to make his season debut for the big league club. He issued seven hits, one run, six walks, and 12 strikeouts over his first nine innings in Triple-A this spring.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.