Martinez Will Move to Bullpen

(Busch Stadium) After his throwing session before today’s game, Carlos Martinez shared that he is close to being ready to go for the St. Louis Cardinals, but will move to the bullpen upon his return.

“Mike asked me about when I come back if I can be in the bullpen,” said Martinez. “Be there getting better everyday. I feel great right now.”

Martinez has been on the disabled list since July 31st with a right shoulder strain.

“Knowing he can come and pitch out of the bullpen and be a weapon there, that he’s done in the past and feel comfortable and confident about it, and from a competitive standpoint it seems like it makes the most sense,” said Mike Shildt. “I think he’s probably looking like a weapon for the rest of the year and then we’ll obviously go to Spring Training with him as a starter.”

The right-hander will throw one more bullpen session in the next couple of days and could be ready out of the bullpen as early as next week.

“When you’re looking at sort of the timing of all this, one of the thoughts would be to have him throw one more bullpen here in St. Louis and then ultimately get him going on his rehab assignment,” explained John Mozeliak.

“Then when you’re looking at if we stretch him out to try and start or if we decide to bring him back in a bullpen role and he’s actually interested in the bullpen role right now. It’s not to say he’s not going to be a starter next year, but I think in the short term to get him back quicker, we see more value in getting use out of him in the bullpen moving forward.”

Martinez threw 30 pitches in today’s bullpen session and shared he had no caution or hesitancy in doing so.

“All my pitches are good,” he said. “My arm’s good. Everything’s good. I’m comfortable in all my pitches.”

Unlike Martinez, Mozeliak shared that Michael Wacha will be stretched out to provide additional depth in the bullpen. Recovered from a left oblique strain, Wacha will also throw another bullpen in St. Louis over the next couple of days and then will likely head out on rehab assignment.

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