Carlos Martínez
P STL
5 days ago

Martinez (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Friday's game against Texas, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez wasn't expected back until Saturday, but the team evidently feels confident enough in his health to bring him back in time for Friday's showdown. The right-hander has yet to pitch in the big leagues this season due to a right shoulder strain, though he mowed hitters down during his minor-league rehab stint. Martinez will be utilized out of the bullpen to start with; however, a return to the starting rotation at some point isn't completely out of the question.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
6 days ago

Martinez (shoulder) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez was cleared to return after being examined by the team's medical staff in St. Louis. The right-hander completed a five-game rehab stint across three minor-league affiliates, allowing just one run while striking out six across 6.2 innings. He'll start out in the bullpen, though Martinez said he's hoping to rejoin the starting rotation at some point after the All-Star break, if the Cardinals allow it.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
7 days ago

Martinez (shoulder) allowed one run on four hits and one hit batter in two innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez only needed 20 pitches (14 strikes) to record six outs thanks to a pair of double plays. Assuming the right-hander checks out OK in the coming days, he could be activated from the injured list for the team's weekend series against the Rangers. Martinez is expected to work out of the bullpen upon rejoining the Cardinals, though according to Hayes, he's hoping to return to a starting role sometime after the All-Star break, if the Cardinals allow it.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
1 week ago

Martinez (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and could be activated from the injured list during the team's upcoming weekend series against the Rangers, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez is slated to exceed the 30-pitch mark for a second straight rehab appearance Wednesday. If the right-hander emerges without setbacks, there's reportedly a solid chance he'll be activated in the coming days. Martinez has yet to allow a run over 4.2 minor-league innings across four rehab appearances while also recording six strikeouts over that span.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
1 week ago

Martinez (shoulder) allowed 1.2 scoreless innings in Triple-A Memphis' win over Nashville on Sunday, allowing two walks and recording three strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander continues to largely cruise through his minor-league outings, with Sunday's serving as his longest thus far. Martinez worked up to 32 pitches Sunday, and he's slated to be back on the hill Wednesday for Double-A Springfield, when he's expected to exceed the 30-pitch mark once again.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
1 week ago

Martinez (shoulder) could be activated from the 10-day injured list as soon as next weekend, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez is scheduled to throw at least one inning during his rehab appearance Sunday with Triple-A Memphis and will then shift his minor-league assignment to Double-A Springfield for another appearance Wednesday. Based on how he checks out physically following the latter outing, the Cardinals will determine whether Martinez is fit to join the big club ahead of Friday's series opener in Texas. It was already announced in April that Martinez will fill a bullpen role upon his reinstatement from the 10-day injured list, though the right-hander is hopeful to build up his arm enough in the weeks that follow to potentially recapture a rotation spot at some point later in the season.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
1 week ago

Martinez (shoulder) is scheduled to make another relief appearance for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander's workload in his Friday appearance was a modest 11 pitches, so he'll be right back to work less than 48 hours later. The outing will mark his fourth in eight days since beginning a minor-league rehab assignment. Assuming it goes off without setbacks, Martinez will then likely be asked to work a multi-inning appearance and/or pitch on consecutive days as yet another benchmark towards eventual activation.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
2 weeks ago

Martinez (shoulder) fired a scoreless inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to Iowa on Friday, allowing a hit and recording two strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

It was the latest impressive rehab appearance for Martinez, who's now generated three scoreless efforts in as many trips to the mound at the minor-league level. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Martinez hit 97 mph on the radar gun, certainly an encouraging sign for his recovering shoulder. The right-hander is slated to return from the injured list at some point during the Cardinals' next homestand and initially serve as a reliever.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
2 weeks ago

Manager Mike Shildt said Martinez (shoulder) could be ready to return in 10-to-14 days, David Solomon of 590 The Fan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez looked good during his second rehab appearance Wednesday -- and first for Triple-A Memphis -- firing 23 pitches and recording one strikeout in a scoreless inning of relief. The right-hander was apparently sitting around 95-98 mph with his fastball. He'll likely need to make a handful of more appearances with Memphis before being cleared to rejoin the the big club, but if everything goes as planned, it sounds like Martinez could be back with the Cardinals as early as May 21, which is when the Cardinals begin a two-game series against the Royals.

Carlos Martínez
P STL
2 weeks ago

Martinez (shoulder) will continue his minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez will move his rehab to Triple-A after needing just six innings to get through a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance for High-A Peoria over the weekend. The Cardinals have not yet determined how many minor-league appearances Martinez will need before being cleared to rejoin the big-league club, leaving his return date murky.