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Carlos Martinez | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / UDFA / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Carlos Martinez (shoulder) said Monday that he is about "90 percent" and will begin throwing Tuesday.
Martinez was shut down in late September because of a right shoulder strain, but he is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a shiny 3.01 ERA with 184 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings last summer for the National League Central division champions. His upside is through the roof. Jan 18 - 1:01 PM

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Cardinals activated RHP Carlos Martinez from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a procedural move that restores his place on the 40-man roster. Martinez's 2015 campaign ended prematurely because of a right shoulder strain, but the Cards expect him to have a normal offseason.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Thursday that Carlos Martinez (shoulder) will have a normal offseason.

Martinez was shut down before the playoffs with a right shoulder strain, but the injury does not require surgery and the 24-year-old right-hander is expected to be 100 percent next spring. He posted a stellar 3.01 ERA with 184 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings this season for the National League Central division champs.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 01:26:00 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Carlos Martinez on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Adam Wainwright. The Cards are confident that Martinez's shoulder ailment will heal with rest, but he certainly goes into the offseason with a medical red flag.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 09:25:00 AM

Carlos Martinez will miss the rest of the season with a strained right shoulder.

It's a huge blow for the Cardinals as Martinez almost certainly would have been part of the team's playoff starting rotation. Fortunately the Cardinals are still pretty deep with Michael Wacha, John Lackey, Jaime Garcia and Lance Lynn. Martinez will finish the 2015 campaign with 14 wins, 184 strikeouts and a 3.01 ERA in 31 appearances.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Carlos Martinez is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his ailing shoulder on Saturday.

The team wants to discern exactly what's going on after Martinez was forced to leave Friday's start with tightness in his right shoulder. Cardinals fans are keeping their fingers crossed that the issue is minor and that the right-hander will be available for the postseason. The team should have an update on his status Saturday afternoon.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Carlos Martinez was removed from Friday's game due to tightness in his right shoulder.

Martinez threw just seven pitches in the outing before departing with the training staff. He will be reevaluated on Saturday. Even with the impressive rotation depth that the Cardinals boast from top to bottom, it would be a big blow if Martinez is forced to miss any time heading into the postseason.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 09:02:00 PM

Carlos Martinez was removed from Friday's start against the Brewers with an undisclosed injury after throwing just seven pitches.

The team trainer was called to the mound after just two batters, and was visibly upset as he was walking off. It's unclear at the moment exactly what the injury issue is, but expect an update from the Cardinals shortly.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 08:41:00 PM

Carlos Martinez posted a nice start in Sunday's win over the Cubs, surrendering two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Martinez struck out six and walked three on the afternoon. Only a two-run single by Anthony Rizzo in the third put any sort of smudge on his 3.01 ERA. In addition to that 3.01 mark, he also holds a 1.28 WHIP with a 184/63 K/BB ratio across 179 1/3 innings. After allowing at least three runs in eight straight starts, he's put in back-to-back one-run showings. The 23-year-old right-hander will be gracious enough to host the Brewers in his next start, in what would outwardly look like a prime opportunity to toss a third consecutive gem.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Carlos Martinez struck out nine over eight innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.

A Khris Davis solo homer was the only mark against the right-hander, who gave up just four hits and two walks in all. The start was much-needed for Martinez, who had made it out of the seventh inning just twice since the All-Star break prior to the outing. Unfortunately he wasn't able to collect a victory, keeping him at 13-7 on the year. Martinez will take a 3.02 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 178/60 K/BB ratio into Sunday's start at the Cubs.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:30:00 PM

Carlos Martinez surrendered three runs on 10 hits over five innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Cubs.

Chicago pounced on Martinez early and often, but the Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the game. Martinez did strike out eight and he issued only one walk. The young right-hander isn't really showing signs of fatigue, but he has looked much more hittable over the last month or so. He will carry a 3.12 ERA and 1.32 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Brewers.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 04:40:00 PM

Carlos Martinez (back) wasn't sharp in his return to the rotation during Friday's loss to the Pirates, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings.

The Cards skipped Martinez last time through the rotation, as the young right-hander was dealing with a back issue. He wasn't particularly on-point in his return, walking three and allowing a pair of runs in the first inning and another two in the fourth. He carries a 3.04 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Should he make his next start, it would come on the road against the Reds.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:13:00 AM

Carlos Martinez (back) will return to the Cardinals' rotation Friday night against the Pirates.

Martinez was skipped on his last turn through the rotation due to a minor back injury (and concerns about his overall workload). The 23-year-old right-hander should do well on extra rest versus the second-place Bucs. Michael Wacha is also being skipped in the Cardinals' rotation this week as a way to limit his innings total.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a back injury.

It looks like a move made to give Martinez some rest as much (or more) than it is about a back injury. He's currently on pace to throw 192 2/3 innings, which would eclipse last season's career-high workload by about 80 frames. Martinez should be ready to go early next week. Marco Gonzales will start in Martinez's place Tuesday.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 05:54:00 PM

Carlos Martinez posted a quality start in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks, yielding three runs on four hits over six innings.

While Martinez wasn't getting rocked--all three runs scored in the second inning, on a pair of RBI singles--he had already thrown 103 pitches by the close of the sixth. These kinds of fine-but-unspectacular outings have slowly become the norm for the 23-year-old right-hander, who has now allowed at least three runs in each of his last six starts. He owns a 2.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, numbers he'll take into a home start against the Nationals in his next scheduled outing.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 01:07:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Brayan Peña
3Eric Fryer
1B1Brandon Moss
2Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Anthony Garcia
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Tommy Pham
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Carlos Peguero
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Mike Leake
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Tyler Lyons
7Lance Lynn
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Seung-Hwan Oh
3Kevin Siegrist
4Jordan Walden
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Sam Tuivailala
8Miguel Socolovich
9Mitch Harris
10Jayson Aquino
11Matt Bowman
12Juan Gonzalez
13Dean Kiekhefer