Cards Replace Siegrist with Martinez in Pen

The St. Louis Cardinals sent struggling reliever Kevin Siegrist down to AAA and recalled Carlos Martinez.

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez from Triple-A Memphis and optioned left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist to Memphis.

Martinez, who spent most of the season on the Major League roster as a reliever, was optioned to Memphis on August 1 and was placed in Memphis’ rotation. In two Triple-A starts, he was 1-0 and threw 10 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out seven and limiting opponents to a .167 batting average with one extra base hit.

It may appear that Martinez has not appeared in seven days, since his last official start on August 10, but that is not the case. The 22-year-old also threw 2 1/3 hitless innings in Memphis’ canceled game Friday night at Albuquerque.

With St. Louis before being optioned out, Martinez was 2-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 38 appearances, including seven starts.

Siegrist was activated off St. Louis’ 15-day disabled list on July 23 after suffering a left forearm strain that caused him to miss 52 games starting on May 24.

Since his return, the 25-year-old has struggled, with a team-worst 12.38 ERA in nine appearances covering eight innings. In that time, Siegrist fanned six, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. He yielded three home runs, including a grand slam to San Diego’s Jedd Gyorko on Saturday night.

This is Siegrist’s first official return to the minors, having been with St. Louis ever since his first call up in June 2013. In 45 games for the Cardinals last season, his ERA was 0.45, compared to 6.11 in 32 appearances overall here in 2014.

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