St. Louis Cardinals have their first Spring game this Saturday. Pitchers and catchers officially report in a week ago, Tuesday, February 12 and have been diligently working out.
Just reported a bit earlier this morning, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt announced that RHP Carlos Martinez would be placed on a 'no-throw' program for the next two weeks. Due to shoulder weakness and not quite at the level they want to see him perform.
Good News from Schildt: What blows my mind, structurally, from imagining of 2016 to 2018, is the same. In other words, no cause for serious concern.
C Martinez will be re-evaluated March 5 and the Cardinals will go from there. Schildt feels they caught this early enough and is excited about what Carlos will have to offer the team going forward.
I'm sure, now, concentrated and correct conditioning of his shoulder muscles will be in order.
Last season, C Martinez (8-6/3.11 ERA) sustaining three injuries (right lat/arm/shoulder weakness) progressively at different times during the course of the season which over time reduced his service from starter to relief. He did dynamite work out of the bullpen serving as closer/reliever in late August through September. Two of his eight wins were in relief (1 in each of those months) and he turned in five saves in September, which included his last inning pitched in 2018 - Cardinals 2-1 win against the Chicago Cubs September 29 at Wrigley Field.
Upon his re-evaluation in March. All is 'right as rain'. Will the Cardinals, in their 'precautionary ways', keep him in relief? In my opinion, this certainly puts somewhat of a damper on a starting role which was his expected position to begin our upcoming 2019 season.
My concern, C Martinez has had a full off-season to recover and condition. Not enough? Or, too much? It has been mentioned, the possibility, his returning to a 'closing role'. Thus far, Cardinals have made no declaration of 'who' that may be.
ANOTHER REASON CARDINALS TO SIDELINE C MARTINEZ?
It is good that the situation was addressed now for C Martinez versus once the season began. And, his honesty with manager Schildt and medical staff Is impressive.
However, an interesting 'note' by Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"The switch to Martinez's schedule happens on the same day that Alex Reyes has been nudged up on his schedule. Originally set to throw another bullpen session Tuesday, the rookie righthander will instead face hitters with the other starters in a live batting practice scenario."
Strange how fate plays a hand ~ Just My Opinion.
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