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Blake Treinen done for season due to back issue

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Athletics reliever Blake Treinen will be shut down for the remainder of the season due to a back issue, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Treinen hadn’t pitched since Friday.

Treinen was baseball’s most dominant reliever in 2018, registering 38 saves with a 0.78 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 80 1/3 innings. He was not able to recapture that magic this season, as he’ll end 2019 with 19 saves, a 4.91 ERA, and 59 strikeouts across 58 2/3 innings of work.

The A’s defeated the Royals 1-0 in 11 innings on Wednesday afternoon, increasing their lead over the first AL Wild Card to 2.5 games over the Rays. The back of their bullpen down the stretch will feature Liam Hendriks, Yusmeiro Petit, and Ryan Buchter.

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.