(Busch Stadium) As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals have activated pitcher Carlos Martinez from the 10-day disabled list (right oblique strain) and he will start tonight’s game against Colorado.
Aware that there was some caution from Martinez when he came off the disabled list back in May from a lat strain, Mike Shildt said there were no concerns after the bullpen session this past Friday.
“The intensity was there and he felt good about it, he was getting good extension,” said Shildt. “We made sure he got his swings yesterday and we ran him through the gamut of making sure physically he was able to do what we expect him to do on that field today and he’s checked every box.”
Martinez last pitched on July 19th and was placed on the DL the following day.
The Cardinals also added newly acquired left-hander Chasen Shreve to the active roster and optioned pitcher Tyler Webb to Memphis (AAA).
Reliever Luke Gregerson was also placed on the 10-day DL with a right shoulder impingement retroactive to July 26th.
This is the second time this season he has been sidelined with the shoulder impingement and says that while he did feel better, the same issues have returned.
How that affects things moving forward in a big picture sense is unclear.
“I don’t know, long-term, exactly a good answer for that,” said Gregerson. “I would say ultimately, we just need to find a way to get back to where we were before and just get ahead of everything we’ve been doing already.
“It’s not for a lack of effort a lack of stuff in the training room or weight room. I’ve done everything possible to make sure it didn’t come back and unfortunately, it did. So hopefully moving forward we can figure out another game plan for that.”
Signed as a free agent to a 2-year deal this off-season, Gregerson has also dealt with knee and hamstring issues this year. As a result, he has appeared in just 17 games for St. Louis.
“I’m disappointed from a competitive standpoint,” said Gregerson. “I’m upset for the team. I’m upset that I can’t be out there helping them for the reason I was brought over to do so. The only thing I can hope for is we figure something out and we can move forward and come out strong–whether it’s later in the year, next year, or whenever it may be. But I do plan on getting back to the right form and hopefully, it’s sooner than later.”
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