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Cardinals recall Carlos Martinez from AAA Memphis

Aug 17, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

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As first relayed by’s Jenifer Langosch, the Cardinals have recalled right-hander Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis, optioning lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist in a corresponding 25-man roster move.

Martinez will pitch out of the bullpen initially, but he was being utilized as a starter at Memphis — and threw 10 1/3 scoreless innings in his two-week stay there — so the 22-year-old could also be an option for the St. Louis rotation down the stretch. Shelby Miller has struggled mightily in two straight outings and newcomer Justin Masterson has been blown up in two of his first three starts. Miller has already spent some time in the bullpen this season.

Siegrist was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball in 2013 — posting a 0.45 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings — but he has struggled with forearm issues in 2014 and hasn’t been nearly as effective.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    After Miller’s walk-fest, the Cards should just move Martinez right into the rotation.

  2. perryt200 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    It is amazing the Cards depth. Masterson is a just about a disaster and they have someone else who can step up.

    And while I loved Joe Kelly I think he just took a crap for the Red Sox today, so maybe not the worst trade we have made.

  3. wannabeGM - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Reblogged this on stlcardinalsminimo and commented:
    Should Miller be in the bullpen, instead of Martinez? It is a toss-up. The answer is, both Miller and Martinez should be in the pen. Bring up a Tim Cooney from AAA.

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