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Cardinals move Shelby Miller back into rotation and Carlos Martinez back to the bullpen

Jul 23, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

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As first reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have decided to move Shelby Miller back into the starting rotation and Carlos Martinez to the bullpen for their upcoming three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field. Miller will start Saturday afternoon against the Cubs.

Martinez has impressive raw stuff and big-time upside, but the 22-year-old right-hander wasn’t consistent enough or efficient enough in his month or so as a starter. He lasted just four innings in each of his last two outings and owns a 4.57 ERA in 67 total frames this season.

St. Louis is known to be in the market for a starting pitcher with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, so both Martinez and Miller could be in the bullpen by August.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Countdown to “Matheny is screwing up both Martinez and Miller’s development by this latest travesty in rotation management, Mo better lay down the law!” angle (not narrative) can begin any time.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      Well put, sir. As with Craig “versus” Taveras, there’s no “good” solution right now, just the “least bad” fixes options in Matheny’s judgment.

      That said, speaking of Mo, I still wouldn’t mind hearing if the team has any more info on just what’s causing Miller’s back to act up.

  2. kylewo - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    I think this makes sense. I also think there is a slight chance that Miller gets traded in a big deal. A slight chance.

  3. westcoastredbird - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Hey Godfly. If you watched the Cardinal’s games you would have noticed that Miller was late to cover on a great stop by Adams on a screamer down the first base line about 3 weeks ago.He was forced to slide at the last second but was late to the bag. The runner was safe. He has had back problems ever since. Even tho I live in LA I get all of the Cardinal games on DirectV except when Time Warner blocks out the Cards and Dodgers.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      I had noticed that … was still hoping for some sort of update, you know, but this is the Cardinals front office.

  4. shadowshand - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Both Martinez and Miller might well end up in Tampa.

    • tuberippin - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Moore-Cobb-Archer-Miller-Martinez could be damn good.

      Plus Hellickson and Odorizzi on top of that…but I’d imagine they’d ask for Taveras or Adams in a trade, considering hitting is their primary need.

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        The Rays are playing very well and now only 4.5 games out of the WC…and with the…um…quality…of the AL this year, there really isn’t a good team in front of them.

        Why would they trade Price now for players that seem unlikely to help them win this year?

      • tuberippin - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        With their hitting, they’re not going to go anywhere in the playoffs.

      • paperlions - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        …and the Cardinals will?

        The Rays have hit far better than StL this year….trading their best hitter this year (Adams) or their best hitting prospect (Taveras) for pitching (which has not been a problem this year despite the injuries) isn’t going to help the Cardinals offense either.

        Teams have been trying to trade for Adams for 2 years and StL just tells them no.

      • tuberippin - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        Thanks for the insight, John Mozeliak.

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