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Russell Martin made some history last night

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It has become increasingly common for teams to use position players to pitch in blowouts. Russell Martin has become the Dodgers’ go-to guy for that sort of duty, and he’s done a pretty good job of it. He’s made four appearances in that role this season, tossing four innings, and he has yet to allow a run while giving up two hits, not walking a batter and striking out two.

His latest appearance came last night, taking the mound in the Dodgers’ 9-0 win over the Padres, preserving the shutout by pitching a clean ninth inning. In so doing he made a bit of history, albeit an obscure bit: according to STATS, Inc., Martin became the first position player, excluding two-way players, to pitch in a shutout win for his team since October 3, 1917. That’s when a very young George “High Pockets” Kelly pitched five shutout innings in the Giants’ last game of the season, a 6-0 win over Philadelphia.

Check out Martin with the high, inside heat:

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.