By: Jim Tsapelas
The St. Louis Cardinals shut down right-hander Carlos Martinez on Saturday. The twenty-four year old shall sit out the rest of the season due to a right shoulder strain. Martinez will not be available for the playoffs. According to Cardinals’ General Manager John Mozeliak, Martinez will not require surgery.
With the Cardinals headed to the post-season, Martinez’s loss may be one of great significance. This season, Martinez (14-7) threw a career high one hundred seventy-nine innings. He put together a 3.01 ERA in twenty-nine starts and two relief appearances. He was selected for his first All Star Game and compiled the twelfth best WAR among NL starters (3.4).
Martinez last pitched this past Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Martinez threw just seven pitches against the Brewers.
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