In the Middle of the Monday’s Game Against Colorado the ST. Louis Cardinals’ Right-Hander Pitcher Carlos Martinez was sent back to the DL List after being reported recovered from his Oblique Strain.
Monday’s Game was his first start after being recovered but the trainers noticed that he was appearing stiff and his fastball was sitting between 88 and 90 MPH during the inning. So, after being visited by the team Trainer Chris Conroy, pitching coach Mike Maddux, and Manager Mike Shildt in the start of the fifth inning, Martinez left the game with a reported Shoulder Strain. The test results are being checked to see if this ailment is connected to the last one.
Before walking off of the mound, Martinez was pitching strong. He struck out nine batters, walked one and left the mound with two batters on the fifth.
Martinez record of this season is 6-6 with an ERA of 3.41 in which he has 18 starts.
According to the Manager Mike Shildt, the strain Martinez received is “Mil” and that the MRI results show no structural damage. Still, the Organization is looking to have a more thorough diagnosis on Tuesday.
“That was disappointing,” Shildt said. “That was vintage what we want to see out of Carlos. He was, from pitch one, in full attack mode with quality stuff throughout. He got into jams a little bit, was able to pitch out and make pitches. That was first-rate, front-of-the-line rotation stuff right there.”
“He just said, ‘My shoulder is sore, but I can go,'” Shildt said. “Clearly, we’re not going to let him go.”
Martinez has been to the hospital for two prior injuries as well this season, one was his right latissimus dorsi strain which made him miss a whole month earlier this year and then an oblique injury that made him miss a start last week.
He was replaced by Daniel Poncedeleon, who had hit seven hitless innings in one of his last appearances three years ago. He walked a batter loading him with basses and then gave a grand slam to Nolan Arenado. It was the first time for the Cardinals History that a pitcher served a grand slam on the First Major League hit he allowed.
“I was in panic mode a little bit,” said Poncedeleon, “They told me to take my time, but I still think I kind of rushed it a little.”