(Busch Stadium) The return from the disabled list for Carlos Martinez was cut short tonight as the St. Louis Cardinals starter was forced out of the game in the 5th inning with what has initially been diagnosed as a right shoulder strain.
“Looks like a mild shoulder strain and I don’t know how much of a turn he’ll miss,” shared Mike Shildt postgame. “We’re hopeful that nothing structural. MRI is coming back but we’re still gathering information.”
Activated from the 10-day disabled list before the game, Martinez has already been sidelined this season by oblique and lat strains.
Starting the game strong, Martinez had put up 4.2 innings of scoreless baseball and was 17 pitches deep into finishing the fifth frame when he stepped off the mound in discomfort after a Charlie Blackmon single.
Coaching and training staff quickly headed out to the mound and Martinez tried to stretch before exiting the field with Assistant Athletic Trainer Chris Conroy.
“He just said ‘my shoulder’s sore, but I can go,’ and clearly we were not going to let him go,” said Shildt. “Yadi kind of picked up on it. Me and (Maddux) were sitting there having a conversation about it because the velocity was down a little bit. But as we know with Carlos, he was looking to be 94-97 pretty much the whole game but he’s also capable of morphing into pitcher-mode a little bit and pitching backwards maybe during those innings to conserve. So, we looked at it and made eye contact with Yadi, went out and the rest was what it was.”
Carlos Martinez finished with a line of 4.2 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 9 strikeouts, and a walk with 81 pitches.
Reliever Daniel Poncedeleon entered the game and issued a walk to Ian Desmond and a grand slam to Nolan Arenado to put Colorado on top 4-0. Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run and Matt Carpenter later drove in a pair of runs to tie the game 4-4 before Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to win the game for St. Louis.
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