SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The St. Louis Cardinals have announced that RHP Carlos Martinez is expected to make rehab appearances out of the bullpen for the Springfield Cardinals at Hammons Field on Friday, August 17 and Sunday, August 19.
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A two-time National League All-Star, Martinez has a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts this season for St. Louis to go with a 6-6 record and 98 strikeouts (100.1 IP). Martinez has been on the D.L. since July 31.
Martinez previously made a May 31 rehab start in Springfield, also against the Hooks, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out four in 4.0 innings.
Coming into 2018, Martinez has won 42 games over the past three seasons (2015-2017), ranking sixth-most among National League pitchers. Of his 100 career starts heading into 2018, 67 have been 6.0 innings or more and 60 of those registered as quality starts. He tallied 608 strikeouts in his first 100 career starts, most among pitchers in Cards history.
Martinez established career bests in starts (32), innings pitched (205.0), strikeouts (217) and opponent batting average (.232) in 2017. He joined Dizzy Dean (1934) as the only two Cardinals with four strikeouts in an All-Star Game in 2017. His 217 strikeouts last season were the ninth-highest single-season total in Cardinals history, and he joined Steve Carlton (24 yrs in 1969) as the only Cardinals pitchers aged 25 or younger to reach 200 strikeouts in a season.
Martinez was a member of Springfield’s 2012 Texas League Championship team and hurled 7.0 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in Game 1 of the Texas League Championship vs. Frisco (9/11). He was 4-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 starts for Springfield in 2012, striking out 58 in 71.1 innings. Martinez then started three games for Springfield in 2013, striking out nine in 11.2 innings with a 1-0 record before being called up directly to St. Louis for his Major League debut on May 3, 2013.