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Cardinals demote Carlos Martinez to Triple-A

Aug 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Carlos Martinez is no longer needed in St. Louis’ rotation following trades for Justin Masterson and John Lackey, but rather than shifting him back to the bullpen the Cardinals have decided to send the 22-year-old right-hander to Triple-A.

Martinez was a starter throughout his minor-league career and ranked as one of the best starter prospects in baseball before debuting with the Cardinals as a reliever last season, so presumably they want to keep him stretched out and making regular turns in the rotation at Triple-A in case he’s needed as a starter down the stretch. Or perhaps to prepare Martinez for his likely role in 2015.

Last season at Triple-A he started 13 games with a 2.51 ERA and 63/27 K/BB ratio in 68 innings as a 21-year-old.

  1. guitrguy - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    He also had a very pronounced platoon split.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Not surprising, I’m sure we’ll see him back in September (or before) and hopefully he’ll be effective when callled upon.

    Down side, welcome back Sugar Shane!

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Yeah, that is a down side. Can’t they give Greg Garcia another turn? Or Grichuk, if they want more OF depth? sigh.

      That said, it will be good for Martinez to have a chance to continue to stretch out his innings, and deal with other things, down at Memphis.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Does he have a surly attitude? Can he get one? Can he adjust others’ attitudes? We know he has “grit” or something.

  3. disgustipated812 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Does Robinson have incriminating photos of MO or something? Bring up Grichuk if you’re bringing up an outfielder. Can only hope he’s almost out of options.

    • okwhitefalcon - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Sugar Shane’s the path of least resistance until September.

      I suspect we’ll see both he and Piscotty when rosters expand, maybe one of them before.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Let’s hope; I’d like to see Piscotty.

  4. westcoastredbird - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I guess Mo wasn’t impressed with that 12-1 beat down in SD. First Kelly now the Rooster. If I’m Maness I might keep a bag packed. Maybe Carlos can work on a two seamer to get out left hand batters. Hey Carlos if you read these blogs check out the Germantown Commissary in Memphis. Killer BBQ ribs for a minor leaguer on a budget.

  5. disgracedfury - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    He is young for Triple -A.Let him be a starter and stop trying to rush people to the majors as a bullpen guy.Let these guys work at it.Just like Adam Wainwright.

    • rockymountainoysters - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Just like Adam Wainwright, who spent his first season in the bullpen, which ended up culminating in him closing out a World Series championship?

      I agree with you, that’s just an odd example to cite in support.

  6. rockymountainoysters - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Martinez sent down presumably to keep him stretched out as a starter.

    Robinson called up presumably so Matheny has a terrible outfielder to start instead of Taveras…

  7. twinfan24 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    He hasn’t been very effective in the rotation this year, with a 4.45 ERA in his 7 starts and only one that went longer than 5 innings (and that was 6). So, if they want him to be available to start down the stretch, they really do need to get him stretched out. If they want him for the bullpen down the stretch, not a bad plan to send him down for a little break and to get some confidence back.

  8. grantlee11 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Maybe it’ll give him some free time to get that twitter feed cleaned up.

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