The Dodgers have acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals in exchange for lefty reliever Tony Cingrani and minor league pitcher Jeffry Abreu, the Cardinals announced.
Gyorko, 30, has been on the injured list since early June due to lower back, calf, and wrist injuries. He hit a light .196/.274/.304 with two home runs and seven RBI in 62 plate appearances beforehand. Gyorko is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon.
The Dodgers’ infield depth has taken a hit with David Freese, Kiké Hernández, and Chris Taylor on the injured list. Once health himself, Gyorko can help as an infield backup with his experience at second base, third base, and shortstop.
Cingrani, 30, has a disappointing 4.76 ERA with 36 strikeouts and six walks in 22 2/3 innings of work this season out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.
Abreu, 19, has spent 2019 at rookie ball, where he’s pitched 19 1/3 innings. He has allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on 19 hits and six walks with 24 strikeouts.
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.