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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / STL
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Carlos Martinez allowed three earned runs, seven hits and six walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Cubs.
Martinez had some location issues, throwing just 60 of his 98 pitches for strikes in the no-decision. He hasn't won in four outings, and he has just one win across the past seven appearances. Martinez will look to get back into the win column Tuesday against the Indians, but it won't be easy against defending AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. Jun 17 - 3:34 AM

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Carlos Martinez couldn't make it out of the fourth inning, allowing four runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-5 loss to the Reds on Sunday.

Martinez really struggled with his command, walking a whopping seven hitters in the 3 2/3 innings on top of allowing four hits in that time frame. He did strike out five, but his fastball command was atrocious, and he just hasn't looked the same since returning from the disabled list on June 6. The poor start balloons Martinez's ERA to 2.50 from the 1.83 it sat at coming into Sunday. He's scheduled to make another start on Saturday against the Cubs.
Jun 10 - 5:20 PM

Carlos Martinez was throwing softer on purpose on Tuesday against the Marlins due to fear of re-injuring his right lat.

Martinez did not want to ramp up the velocity in his first start off the disabled list, and it showed. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters that the Cardinals were unaware of Martinez's plan, saying that they can't "read the minds" of other players. We'll see if the right-hander is able to ramp things up in his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against Cincinnati.
Jun 6 - 11:05 PM

Carlos Martinez was shaky in his return from the disabled list Tuesday, walking five and yielding two runs over just four frames in the Cardinals’ loss to the Marlins.

Martinez certainly looked rusty in making his first start at the major league level in nearly a month, as it was easily his worst outing since Opening Day. It could have been worse if not for three double play balls that Martinez induced. He should be sharper on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Jun 5 - 11:43 PM

Cardinals activated RHP Carlos Martinez from the 10-day disabled list.

Martinez will return to the Cardinals' rotation on Tuesday night against the Marlins after needing a little over three weeks to recover from a right lat strain. He threw just 63 pitches in his four-inning minor league rehab outing last Thursday at Double-A Springfield, so there might be an early hook in his first start back. Still, he's a must-play in all fantasy leagues versus the punchless Miami lineup.
Jun 5 - 3:45 PM

Carlos Martinez (lat) gave up two runs over four innings in a rehab start with Double-A Springfield on Thursday.

Martinez served up a couple solo home runs, but he struck out four and didn't walk anyone, getting his pitch count up to 63. He reportedly touched 99 mph on the radar gun and said afterward that he "felt really good on the mound." As long as Martinez bounces back from the start with no issues, he'll rejoin the Cardinals' rotation on Tuesday versus the Marlins.
Jun 1 - 8:47 AM

Barring a setback, Carlos Martinez (lat) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Tuesday against the Marlins.

That's assuming all goes well in Thursday's rehab start for Double-A Springfield. It's good timing with Alex Reyes (lat) heading back to the disabled list. Martinez was off to a brilliant start before his injury, compiling a stingy 1.62 ERA over 50 innings for the Red Birds.
May 31 - 4:39 PM

Carlos Martinez (lat) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Double-A Springfield.

Mark Saxon of The Athletic says it will be an "abbreviated" start and that the next step is to-be-determined. Martinez could still be on track to return to the Cardinals' rotation next week, though nothing is set in stone yet. The 26-year-old right-hander has been on the disabled list since May 10 because a right lat strain. He had a brilliant 1.62 ERA through his first eight starts this season for St. Louis.
May 29 - 6:24 PM

Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports that Carlos Martinez (lat) will make a rehab start this week.

The exact date and location of the start isn't known yet, but Saxon adds that Martinez could be on track to rejoin the Cardinals' rotation next week. He's been sidelined for the previous three weeks with a strained right lat. The Cards' already-strong rotation will be getting a boost with the return of Alex Reyes (elbow) on Wednesday and Martinez it looks like not long after that.
May 28 - 8:22 PM

Carlos Martinez (lat) played long-toss on Monday.

Martinez said he was pain-free during the session. It's the first time he's done any throwing since he landed on the disabled list a week and a half ago with a right lat strain. When Martinez will resume throwing off a mound isn't known yet, but Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said last Friday that the righty was likely at least 1-2 weeks away from a return.
May 21 - 5:03 PM

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said that a follow-up MRI on Carlos Martinez's right lat was "encouraging" and he should resume a throwing program Monday.

Mozeliak estimated that Martinez would be sidelined for another 1-2 weeks, which would seem to qualify as good news. It's unclear whether he'll be asked to make a rehab start before rejoining the Cards' rotation. Jack Flaherty has already joined the rotation with Adam Wainwright (elbow) also out and John Gant is getting a start Saturday.
May 18 - 6:10 PM

Carlos Martinez is undergoing a follow-up MRI on his strained right lat.

The hope is the scan will show that his lat has improved since he landed on the disabled list last Thursday. Martinez has already missed one turn in the Cardinals' rotation and will miss at least one more. John Gant is expected to slide into his spot this weekend, though nothing is official yet on that front.
May 16 - 12:45 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny acknowledged Tuesday that Carlos Martinez (lat) will miss more than one start.

Martinez landed on the disabled list May 10, retroactive to May 9, with a right lat strain. He is eligible for activation this weekend, but the 26-year-old right-hander will not be ready because he hasn't yet resumed throwing off a mound. There isn't a clear timetable at this point. John Gant figures to slide into the Cardinals' rotation and might have some appeal in deeper fantasy leagues.
May 15 - 6:54 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

The injury might explain some of the struggles Martinez had in his last start Tuesday against the Twins, as he looked dominant throughout the month of April. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined -- lat strains can sometimes take several weeks to recover from, depending on the severity. Craig Mish of SiriusXM is hearing it might only be a 10-day absence. The 26-year-old right-hander leaves behind a 1.62 ERA in eight total starts covering 50 innings.
May 10 - 3:46 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed four runs -- two earned -- over five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Twins.

Martinez had a brilliant April and dominated the White Sox in his first outing in May, but he looked a little shaky on Tuesday afternoon versus Minnesota. The right-hander issued three walks, yielded four hits, and notched just two strikeouts. He'll carry a 3-2 record and 1.62 ERA into his next start, a rematch with the Twins.
May 8 - 4:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Francisco Pena
1B1Jose Martinez
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Paul DeJong
2Yairo Munoz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Marcell Ozuna
CF1Tommy Pham
2Harrison Bader
RF1Dexter Fowler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Michael Wacha
4Miles Mikolas
5Luke Weaver
6Jack Flaherty
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Bud Norris
2Jordan Hicks
3Luke Gregerson
4Tyler Lyons
5Dominic Leone
6Matt Bowman
7Greg Holland
8Brett Cecil
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Brebbia
11Austin Gomber
12Mike Mayers
13John Gant