Cards’ Carlos Martinez Suffers Tight Shoulder

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez left his Friday start with right shoulder tightness.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez had to leave Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers after throwing just seven pitches. The reason is tightness in his right shoulder that will be further evaluated on Saturday.

As he was being replaced by Tyler Lyons, the 24-year-old was visibly upset, holding his glove over his face as he slowly walked off the Busch Stadium field.

Martinez came into the night having thrown a career high 179 1/3 innings, up from 99 2/3 innings between St. Louis and Triple-A Memphis in 2014. His 2015 record is 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA and 184 strikeouts against 63 walks.

With the Cardinals likely needing just four of their five starters in the post-season, combined with his relief experience, Martinez was a candidate to be moved into the bullpen in October. Clearly his immediate future in any role is now in jeopardy, pending further information on the severity of the injury.

Saturday update

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced that Martinez will miss the remainder of the season because of his strained shoulder. Surgery is not required and the right-hander is expected to be ready in the spring. Martinez underwent an MRI on Saturday.

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