Carlos Martinez injury update: Cardinals P unlikely to make opening day roster
Related News This isn’t news Cardinals fans wanted to hear, but it likely was expected.St. Louis’ 2018 opening day starter Carlos Martinez is not expected to be on the team’s roster to start the 2019 season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Tim Tebow among Mets’ spring training cuts, will start season in Triple-A Carlos Martinez no longer expected to make #STLCards opening-day roster. Trending toward DL. Meets w/ team tomorrow to discuss return to throwing and his role (starter/relief). There’s an argument to be made for super ‘pen theory: Miller, Hicks, Reyes, Martinez, Gant or Hudson.— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) March 12, 2019He likely will start the season on the IL as he tries to overcome right shoulder weakness. He showed up to camp earlier this spring in a sling after being shut down.Martinez was supposed to be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks after that, but has yet to throw an inning. St. Louis is not sure what role he will assume when he comes back from injury. He could work out of the bullpen as he did for the end of the 2018 season.Martinez went 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 33 appearances (18 starts) last season. He is 54-38 with a 3.37 ERA in 816 1/3 career innings.The Cardinals likely will go into the season with Jack Flaherty, Miles Mikolas, Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Daniel Ponce de Leon in its starting rotation. That isn’t set in stone, but with Martinez most likely out, the bottom of the rotation now becomes a bit of a question mark.