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Braves place Anthony Swarzak on injured list

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The Braves lost last night but they suffered a bigger blow earlier in the day when they placed reliever Anthony Swarzak on the injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move was retroactive to Saturday.

Swarzak last pitched on Friday and managed to escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning. When he came off the mound, however, he complained of shoulder discomfort. Braves manager Brian Snitker said it is nothing structural and, at the moment anyway, he is optimistic that Swarzak will be able to return when the Braves resume action following the All-Star break.

Swarzak has been a godsend for the Braves since being acquired from the Mariners in late May, having allowed only one run and eight hits in 17.1 innings, striking out 21. He current has a streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings. The Braves bullpen still has some issues, but before his arrival it was a train wreck. He has served as a stabilizing force over the past month and his loss will likely be felt.

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.