Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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Cards tab reliever Martinez to spell ailing Wainwright

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals said RH reliever Carlos Martinez will make his second career start against the Mets tonight in place of RHP Adam Wainwright.

Wainwright will miss the start because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow. He is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA in 1001/3 innings this season. He had an injection on Wednesday after an MRI exam pinpointed the trouble area in the back of his elbow. GM John Mozeliak said it was like "tennis elbow."

Wainwright, 32, was seventh in the NL with a 2.94 ERA last season and first with 2412/3 innings. His 3.05 career ERA is second among active pitchers to Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw's (2.62).

This season, Martinez, 22, is 0-3 with a 4.67 ERA in 30 appearances, all in relief. He started once in 2013, allowing four runs in 42/3 innings against the Dodgers.

Once a top prospect for St. Louis, Martinez has worked primarily in short relief with inconsistent results.

The Cardinals also purchased the contract of LHP Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis and optioned OF Randal Grichuk back to the affiliate.

ANGELS: RHP Ernesto Frieri, who has a 5.46 ERA after an ugly outing against the Braves on Saturday, will remain the team's closer, manager Mike Scioscia told the Orange County Register.

ASTROS: RH reliever Jose Veras, who lost his job as Cubs closer and was released on Tuesday, agreed to a minor-league contract.

GIANTS: OF Angel Pagan was scratched from the starting lineup because of tightness in his lower back. … C Buster Posey was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning after taking a foul tip to the facemask.

METS: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka was lifted from his start after one inning because of a severe upset stomach.

ORIOLES: RHP Dylan Bundy, a top prospect who is coming back from Tommy John elbow ligament surgery in June, allowed a run in five innings for short-season Class A Aberdeen in his first competitive game since 2012.

TWINS: 3B Trevor Plouffe went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. INF Pedro Florimon was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

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