At least for the time being, the situation looks to be much better than feared for St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez, who was forced out of tonight’s game with a right Achilles contusion.
“Everything structurally seemed to be good, just sore and we’ll figure out a little bit more tomorrow,” shared Mike Matheny postgame.
An immediate roster move will not be made.
The injury occurred with 1 out in the 9th inning as Lorenzo Cain stepped on Martinez trying to beat out a throw on a ball hit back to Sam Tuivailala. Martinez immediately went down and Cain also had to leave the game.
“That could be a bad one, but everything’s pointing right now in a positive direction,” continued Matheny. “Take a look tomorrow and see how long, but they felt more it’s going to be day to day.”
“Nothing serious,” echoed Martinez, who was still feeling some pain as he stood in front of his locker. “It’s going to be day to day, I think they said. I’m just going to take some pills and try to be ready as fast as I can to get back on the field.”
The game time temperature was 48 degrees, but that continued to drop as play went on–which factored into the initial reaction by Martinez.
“The cold weather made me feel a little worse than it was,” he explained. “I couldn’t move for a little bit. It felt a little like a shot coming up. But when I started walking and moving around, I started feeling better.”
With Martinez out, Matt Carpenter moved over from third base and rookie Yairo Munoz entered the game across the diamond. That could be a similar look for tomorrow as Milwaukee will send left-hander Brent Suter to the mound.
“When you hear the doctor say day by day, that’s great news,” said Martinez. “You just try to show up tomorrow and see how it feels–it’s going to be a different feeling today and tomorrow when I wake up, so hoping everything will be okay and I’ll be back to try and help the team win.”
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