ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been shut down for the rest of the season and the postseason with a shoulder strain.
The 14-game winner lasted just seven pitches Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
General Manager John Mozeliak said an MRI showed the damage. Rest rather than surgery was prescribed with a recovery time of between one and two months.
Mozeliak said if the injury had occurred on Aug. 1, the 24-year-old righthander potentially could have pitched in the postseason.
The Cardinals have a strong rotation even without Martinez (14-7, 3.01 ERA), with Lance Lynn likely to get a starting spot behind John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia if St. Louis reaches the Division Series.