Martinez Awaits in Memphis

(Busch Stadium) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is already in Memphis, waiting to pitch tomorrow night for the Redbirds.

“We’d like him to get more than six–we’d like him to get six and then we’d like him to go back out and get some more,” Mike Shildt said in reference to Martinez throwing only six pitches to record three ground outs in his one inning of work at Peoria (A) this past Sunday.

“If he doesn’t get more than ten in the first inning, he’ll probably go back out and get another ten,” Shildt added. “I don’t think we’re quite at the 30-mark.”

This will be the second rehab outing for Martinez, who was likened to be about “halfway” through a Spring Training schedule. That will likely result in more appearances, regardless of being against Triple-A or Single-A hitters.

“Just work,” Shildt confirmed. “How he’s coming out, how he’s controlling counts. Strike to ball ratio, to some degree. This is a guy who’s been in the league since ’13, we know what level of competition we can expect once Carlos is healthy. He’ll compete here.”

The Cardinals have expressed plans to keep Martinez off road trips for his rehab assignment, so he could likely pitch this weekend at Springfield (AA) as they begin a homestand on Friday.

MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF MONTH

–Minor League Baseball announced their Uncle Ray’s Players of the Month for April, which included a pair of St. Louis Cardinals prospects.

Already recognized by the Cardinals as their own Minor League Player of the Month for April, Palm Beach (A+) outfielder Justin Toerner received this additional honor after he led the Florida State League in average (.394), runs (20), on-base percentage (.531) and OPS (1.081). He finished third in slugging percentage (.549) and fourth in hits (28) and RBI (16). Toerner recorded eight multi-hit games and hit safely in 17 of his 21 games.

Peoria Chiefs right-hander Tommy Parsons went 3-0 with a 0.30 ERA (30.0 IP, 1 ER) in four starts to claim Midwest League Player of the Month honors. Parsons held opponents to a league-best .106 batting average and allowed just 11 hits in his league-best 30.0 innings of work. He threw a nine inning, two-hit shutout on April 22 against Quad Cities, the only complete game in the Midwest League.

In recognition of the honor, each winner will receive an award from Minor League Baseball and Uncle Ray’s, the “Official Potato Chip of Minor League Baseball.”

photo credit: Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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