Carlos Martínez
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Martinez is slated to throw at least 45 pitches in twice-a-week bullpen sessions while spring training is suspended, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Mike Shildt and his staff have developed the maintenance program to keep their projected starters ready to ramp up for a likely second wave of spring training, and, eventually, for the regular season. Martinez, who was fighting for a rotation spot when Grapefruit League play was paused Thursday, is expected to be subject to the protocol. The veteran right-hander went into the suspension of spring play on a somewhat sour note, as he allowed six earned runs over 3.2 innings versus the Mets on Wednesday, although he did record six strikeouts as well.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
3 weeks ago

Martinez started a Grapefruit League game against the Mets on Wednesday and allowed six earned runs on six hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batsman across 3.2 innings. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander was truly all over the spectrum in what would turn out to be his final Grapefruit League start due to the cancellation of the remainder of spring training due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Martinez gave up a pair of extra-base hits overall, allowing a double to Robinson Cano and a two-run home run to J.D. Davis, who he also plunked during the outing. While the wild performance put somewhat of a damper on what has otherwise been a strong spring for Martinez, the six strikeouts were certainly a positive. Given his relatively solid form throughout Grapefruit League play, Martinez would seem to have a solid shot at a spot in the Opening Day rotation; however, with the first game of the season now delayed by at least two weeks past its original March 26 date, it's also possible veteran Miles Mikolas (forearm) has enough time to get healthy and reclaim one of the two spots currently considered as available.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
1 month ago

Martinez started a Grapefruit League win over the Nationals and fired three scoreless innings, during which he allowed no hits and three walks while recording four strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing right-hander continued to make an airtight case for a spot in the starting rotation, mostly breezing through a Nationals lineup loaded with regulars on 51 pitches. Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports Martinez topped out at 94 mph on his fastball but mostly hovered in the range of 90 mph while concentrating on his fastball command. Martinez's velocity certainly speaks to the health of his previously troublesome shoulder, a sentiment the veteran echoed after the game. "Right now I feel really good," Martinez said. "Last year I felt frustration because of [shoulder weakness], but right now I feel really comfortable, I feel ready. I feel strong."

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
1 month ago

Martinez, who threw 34 pitches Sunday in a Grapefruit League tie against the Mets, emerged from the outing without any shoulder issues and played catch Monday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander is vying for a return to the starting rotation this spring, and with Miles Mikolas (forearm) slated to miss the start of the regular season, Martinez looks to have a clear path to his goal. The veteran's outing against New York was a mixed bag, with Martinez cruising through his first frame before surrendering a pair of walks that helped lead to two earned runs in the next frame. Manager Mike Shildt has emphasized that how Martinez recovers and prepares between outings will be of overriding importance in determining if he can reclaim a rotation spot this season. "I think games are going to matter, of course," Shildt said. "It's just really about what he does during the work and how he recovers in between the games that's really going to dictate as we try to ramp him up."

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
2 months ago

Martinez, who's vying to return to the starting rotation on a full-time basis, threw a complete bullpen session Saturday morning, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The fact Martinez was able to go full throttle two days after his Thursday bullpen session was certainly encouraging with respect to his rotation aspirations. The right-hander spent all of last season as a reliever, logging 48.1 innings out of the bullpen and enjoying impressive success as a closer with 24 saves in 27 chances while generating a 53:18 K:BB. As his first action of spring indicates, Martinez appears to be holding up well in the early going, although he'll ramp up the intensity when he and his fellow pitchers face hitters for the first time next week.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
2 months ago

Martinez (shoulder) reported to spring training this week without any restrictions for his throwing program, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals are allowing Martinez to audition for a rotation spot this spring, but because he hasn't started a game since the middle of the 2018 season while experiencing multiple arm injuries along the way, he may take a little longer than his fellow competitors to build up his workload. If Martinez's surgically repaired right shoulder can't hold up to the rigors of starting during the spring, the Cardinals will likely move him back to the bullpen, where he would be a leading candidate for ninth-inning duties. Martinez would probably offer his most fantasy value as a closer, but he wouldn't be completely devoid of upside if he ends up in the rotation.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
2 months ago

The Cardinals plan to have Martinez (shoulder) compete for a rotation spot when spring training opens, though he'll likely assume closing duties in the event the coaching staff determines he's unfit to handle a starter's workload, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has stated that he's most "comfortable" as a starter, and with the right-hander having responded well to an offseason procedure to alleviate recurring pain in his shoulder, he'll at least be given the chance to work in his preferred capacity to begin the spring. The 28-year-old began his throwing program in earnest last week, when he tossed his first bullpen session of the winter. He should gradually build up the intensity of his workouts in the next couple weeks before reporting to camp without any restrictions, putting him on even footing with his other competitors in a wide-open race for the final opening in the rotation. Though Martinez hasn't started a big-league game since the summer of 2018, he was more than serviceable as a full-time member of the rotation from 2015 through 2017, running up a 3.26 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 15.6 K-BB percentage over 92 starts.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
3 months ago

Martinez (shoulder) will begin throwing off a mound Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez underwent offseason shoulder surgery after performing solely as a reliever in 2019. It's unclear how long his shoulder was an issue, but it could help to explain some of his struggles during the postseason. The right-hander expressed a desire to compete for a spot in the starting rotation next season, and he could be ready to do so by spring training if his recovery continues smoothly.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
5 months ago

Martinez (shoulder) would prefer to be a starter next season, David Solomon of 590 The Fan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez has multiple routes to fantasy relevance next season. He was a very good starting pitcher for the first several years of his career and could certainly be one again in 2020. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2019, moving into the closer role and recording 24 saves. He'll come with a large amount of risk, however, as he underwent a shoulder cleanup procedure in October and battled shoulder issues early in the season as well.

Carlos Martínez
RP STL
6 months ago

Martinez underwent a cleanup procedure on his right shoulder Saturday, freelance writer Joe Schwarz reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martinez struggled in the postseason with six runs allowed on six hits and four walks over 3.2 innings, but it's unclear how long he was actually dealing with the shoulder issue. The 28-year-old will have over three months to recover before pitchers and catchers report in February. The right-hander worked exclusively as a reliever in 2019, but he could transition back to starting pitcher next spring if his health isn't a major concern.