The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez from Memphis (AAA) and optioned right-handed pitcher Michael Blazek to Memphis following last night’s game.
Martinez, 21, is joining the big league club for the second time this season after making seven relief appearances (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 8.0 IP, 9 SO) for the Cardinals in May.
Martinez joined the Memphis starting rotation following his option on May 27, going 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts. He struck out 35 batters in 41.0 innings pitched, walked just 16, and allowed only one home run. He was recently named the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.
Martinez began his 2013 season at Springfield (AA), where he was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in three starts, striking out nine batters in 11.2 innings pitched.
A native of Colinas Del Sur, Dominican Republic, Martinez was signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in April of 2010. He has posted a career mark of 19-14 in the minors with a 2.63 ERA in 63 games (62 starts) and fanned 312 batters in 300.2 innings pitched.
The 6-0, 185-pound right-hander was a combined 6-5 between Palm Beach (A) and Springfield (AA) last season and ranked third amongst Cardinals minor league pitchers in ERA (2.93) and opponent’s batting average (.236)
Martinez will join the Cardinals for tonight’s series opener at Chicago and will wear uniform # 62.
Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning smash and grab at Fenton Pawn Store. The burglary happened just after 1 am in the 400 block of Gravois in Fenton.
Fenton police say they found a broken glass door into the store. They also discovered two display cases that had been smashed and looted of their merchandise.
KSDK Newschannel 5 reports the owner says estimated a total in excess of $15,000.00 in gold chains and assorted gold jewelry was stolen in the break-in.
A surveillance tape shows the bandit wearing a nylon mask and smashing his way into the store and into the glass cases where the valuables were stored. Police say the suspect is a light skinned male wearing blue shorts and a long-sleeve blue shirt.
Guests staying at three city hotels found their car windows smashed overnight.
Witnesses at the Drury Inn at Interstate 44 and Hampton say at least eight cars were broken into.
Cars parked in lots at the Millennium and Hyatt hotels in downtown St. Louis were also targeted.