Jul 20, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (44) throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals recall Carlos Martinez, option Kevin Siegrist

As the St. Louis Cardinals prepare for the final month and a half of the regular season, the club has recalled Carlos Martinez from the Memphis Redbirds.

Since being optioned by the Cardinals on August 1, the right-handed pitcher has thrown 10.1 scoreless innings in two starts for Memphis in the Pacific Coast League.

To make room for Martinez on the roster, they optioned the left-handed relief pitcher to Memphis following last night’s loss to the San Diego Padres.

The 22-year old Dominican pitcher has spent the bulk of the 2014 season on the Cardinals roster but was sent down to Memphis at the start of August. With the Cardinals this season, Martinez hasn’t exactly been the pitcher that he was hyped up to be. Martinez appeared in 38 games this season but only started in seven contests after injuries to Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha forced the Cardinals to move him into the starting rotation. In those games, Martinez posted a 2-4 record with a 4.74 ERA. In 68.1 innings, he’s allowed 37 runs (36 earned) on 71 hits. He’s allowed 31 walks while striking out 64 batters. Opponents are hitting .275 against Martinez this season.

In two starts at Memphis, Martinez posted a 1-0 record. He allowed six hits and struck out seven. Hitters were limited to a .167 batting average in those starts.

As for Siegrist, he came off the DL on July 23. He returned from a left forearm strain that sidelined him for 52 games from May 24 through July 22.

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