Martinez Headed to Springfield

(Busch Stadium) After a good bullpen session yesterday, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is ready to head out on his rehab assignment before rejoining the team.

“Tomorrow I’m going to throw a couple innings in Springfield (AA),” shared Martinez, who is expecting to throw around 30 pitches. “I’ve got the day off on Saturday and then I’m going to come back to Springfield on Sunday and I’ll be ready for next week in LA.”

The Cardinals open a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Monday. Exactly what day Martinez would be available isn’t official, but his role will be out of the bullpen.

“I’m excited because I want to help the team,” said Martinez, who talked over his options with Mike Shildt earlier in the week. “He asked me first if I wanted to wait for a next start or be ready to throw just one inning for the rest of the year from the bullpen and I said yes, I can do that. I want to help the team. The team is good right now, we’re competing right now. I believe in the team. I’m ready.”

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

Pitcher Michael Wacha, strained left oblique, also threw a bullpen yesterday and is ready to head out on rehab assignment.

“I’ve got some clarity to it but before we can put it in bold ink, we’ll sit down with Wacha, the medical team, and Mike Maddux and just make sure everybody’s on the same page of what it looks like,” said Shildt. “But he’s chomping at the bit.”

Meanwhile Adam Wainwright will make his second rehab start later tonight at Palm Beach (A+).

“He’s been great, he’s been making positive strides,” said Shildt. “That’s really the only thing we want for him, is positive strides where he feels good and the ball’s coming out. That’s been the case for him since he started this process, in the simulated game and also in the game the other night. Just keep moving forward.”

Wainwright threw 20 total pitches on Tuesday, nine in the game and an additional 11 in the bullpen afterwards.

“He’s got two innings tonight and a few more pitches,” said Shildt.

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