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Carlos Martinez’s arm is in a sling

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium on September 21, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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A week ago the Cardinals shut down pitcher Carlos Martinez with some non-specific shoulder issue. This came after a season in which Martinez battled oblique and shoulder injuries. It also caused Cards GM John Mozeliak to make some comments suggesting that the Cardinals were unhappy with Martinez for not adhering to his offseason conditioning and rehab programs.

In light of all of that, this tweet from Mark Saxon of The Athletic is not great:

Martinez was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list last August, finishing the season as a reliever. At this point, one wonders if he’ll even be doing that in 2019.

More updates soon, I presume.

UPDATE: “PRP” is “platelet-rich plasma.” So this is apparently a product of the treatment for his shoulder.

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