Martinez’ Injury Worse than Expected; Season May be Over

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Brian Walton’s take

The Cardinals managed to go just one day without a pitcher on either the 10-day injured list or the COVID-related IL after Kodi Whitley briefly cleared the slate with his Tuesday activation. (However, it is hardly a good situation with St. Louis also having five other hurlers on the 45-day IL, done for the year. They are Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson, Jordan Hicks, John Brebbia and Ricardo Sanchez.

What was called a left mid-back strain after Martinez left Wednesday’s game in the sixth ining became a potentially more serious oblique strain on Thursday. Manager Mike Shildt confirmed this puts Martinez’ availability for the playoffs at low odds.

“It’s not favorable, for sure,” Shildt said prior to Thursday’s opener vs. Milwaukee. “Even if we make that deep run (in the postseason), it (Martinez’ return) is not likely.”

The 29-year old right-hander finishes his disappointing COVID-infected 2020 season with a record of 0-3 and a 9.90 ERA. The Cardinals went 1-4 in his starts.

Carlos Martinez

Oviedo, 22, was optioned to the alternate site one week ago, on Thursday, September 17 after starting in Game 2 of the doubleheader at Milwaukee the prior night. The outing, during which the rookie allowed five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, was his poorest of his five career starts, all of which his team lost.

For the season, Oviedo is 0-3 with a 5.47 ERA. The right-hander has thrown 24 2/3 innings, yielding 24 hits and 10 walks along with 16 strikeouts.

Johan Oviedo

The Cardinals have set their starters for the five-game Brewers series this weekend. They may prefer to keep Oviedo for a potential start in one of the expected make-up games in Detroit on Monday, but he could be needed in long relief prior to that.

With Hudson also declared out for the year this week, the top five in the St. Louis rotation currently seem to be Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Byung-Hyun Kim, Austin Gomber and Daniel Ponce de Leon.


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