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Brandon Woodruff to return from injured list, start vs. Padres

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Brewers All-Star starter Brandon Woodruff will return from the injured list to start Tuesday’s game against the Padres, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. Woodruff will be held to a limited pitch count, giving way to Gio González once that threshold is reached.

Woodruff, 26, has been out since July 21 due to a strained left oblique. With two weeks left in the season, Woodruff returns with an 11-3 record, a 3.75 ERA, and a 136/29 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings.

Manager Craig Counsell said the club is hoping to get three starts from Woodruff before the end of the regular season. That may be just enough to make an impact on the Brewers’ Wild Card chances. They entered Monday’s action one game behind the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card.

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.