Manager Mike Shildt said Wednesday that the Cardinals don't currently have any plans for Martinez to build up his arm in preparation for a return to the rotation, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. "Carlos Martinez...the 2013 version? Sure. But we're in 2019. Different circumstances," Shildt said. "I can't say [a move to the rotation] will absolutely not happen. I'll never rule it out, but it's not in the forefront of my mentality."
When he returned from the 10-day injured list May 17, Martinez was hopeful to transition from the bullpen into the rotation after the All-Star break, but the right-hander's shoulder issues over the past two seasons may be a factor in the Cardinals' reluctance to explore a role change. In just over a month back with the big club, Martinez has already emerged as a key late-inning weapon for St. Louis, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 12 appearances while collecting two saves and a hold. Jun 20 3:49 pm (EST)
- Martinez pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth while allowing one hit and striking out two batters to earn a save during a 4-3 victory against the Mets on Sunday.
- Martinez tossed a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his first save of the season in a 7-4 win over the Cubs.
- Martinez, who allowed two earned runs on a hit and two walks while also recording a strikeout over an inning in a win over the Phillies on Thursday , has a 5.40 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and one hold over his first six relief appearances of the season. All Carlos Martínez (R) News
2019 SEASON STATS
|Jun 21||W 5 - 1||LAA||0||0||0||1.2||1||0||0||1||2|
|Jun 19||W 2 - 1||MIA||0||0||0||1.2||3||0||1||0||1|
|Jun 16||W 4 - 3||@ NYM||0||0||1||2.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|Jun 14||W 5 - 4||@ NYM||1||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Jun 09||L 5 - 1||@ CHI||0||0||0||1.2||2||1||1||0||3|
|Jun 01||W 7 - 4||CHI||0||0||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|May 31||W 2 - 1||CHI||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|May 30||W 5 - 3||@ PHI||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||2||2||1|
|May 26||L 4 - 3||ATL||0||0||0||0.2||1||0||0||0||0|
|May 25||W 6 - 3||ATL||0||0||0||0.2||2||0||1||1||0|