Found May 03, 2013 on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land:
After yesterday's outing in which he gave up two walks without retiring a batter, the Cardinals had seen enough of Mitchell Boggs and demoted him to AAA to sort out his issues. To take his place, the Cardinals called up another one of their flame throwing prospects, Carlos Martinez, from AA Springfield.  Martinez, who had the start of his season delayed by visa issues, has only pitched 11.2 innings this season, posting a 2.31 ERA.  Martinez, who can reach 100 mph with his fastball, will be following Trevor Rosenthal's career path.  After working as a starter throughout his minor league career, he will get his first taste of the big leagues as a reliever.  It appears that the plan is for Martinez to be the 7th inning guy for the Cards, bridging the gap between the starters and the Trevor Rosenthal/Edward Mujica finishing combo.  If he succeeds in that role, it will hopefully allow Mike Matheny to reduce the workload on Rosenthal, who is on pace to pitch in 92 games. Mart...

Cards option Boggs, bring up Martinez from Springfield

Courtesy: Cardinals Media Relations ST. LOUIS, MO. The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez from Springfield (AA) and optioned pitcher Mitchell Boggs to Memphis (AAA). Martinez, 21, will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance. The team has transferred shortstop Rafael Furcal from the...

Cardinals' Motte to undergo Tommy John surgery

ST. LOUIS - Cardinals closer Jason Motte will be shutdown the rest of this season and possibly into the next as he gets set to undergo Tommy John surgery next week. The right-handed fireballer tied for the National League lead in saves last season and signed a two-year extension with the club in the offseason. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told reporters prior to Friday night'...

Cardinals send struggling Boggs to minors

The St. Louis Cardinals have run out of patience with Mitchell Boggs, demoting the reliever saddled with a 12.66 ERA to Triple-A Memphis on Friday. Boggs, who began the year as the stand-in closer for injured Jason Motte, walked both batters he faced in the seventh inning of a 6-5 victory at Milwaukee on Thursday night and has allowed 17 hits and 10 walks in 10 2/3 innings. First...

St. Louis Cardinals Purchase Carlos Martinez’s Contract, Option Mitchell Boggs

The St. Louis Cardinals made a pair of transactions Friday, purchasing the contract of right handed pitcher Carlos Martinez while optioning right handed pitcher Mitchell Boggs to Triple-A Memphis. Martinez is expected to fill a bullpen role at the moment. The post St. Louis Cardinals Purchase Carlos Martinez’s Contract, Option Mitchell Boggs appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL...

Cardinals RP Mitchell Boggs demoted to AAA

With Jason Motte still battling to avoid Tommy John surgery, the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen has been in flux all season, with both Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica notching multiple saves and rookie Trevor Rosenthal still being touted by many as a future closer. With Boggs struggling in the first month of the season, Mujica has taken hold of the closer role while Boggs continued...

Cardinals' Closer Jason Motte To Have Season Ending Surgery

Cardinals' close Jason Motte, who has been on the disabled list since March 29 with a ligament tear in his right elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and miss the remainder of the 2013 season. As reported by Andrew Simon, at, "Motte said on Tuesday that the elbow had responded well to his latest throwing session, which included tosses from...

Jason Motte to undergo Tommy John surgery

St Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, and will be out for the rest of the regular season. The 30-year old Motte tied Craig Kimbrel for the National League lead in saves last season with 42, and struck out 86 in 72 innings while posting a 2.75 ERA. The bullpen shakeup for the Cardinals continued on Friday, with pitching prospect Carlos...

Cardinals call up Carlos Martinez

At 17-11, the St. Louis Cardinals sit atop the NL Central and are tied with Atlanta and Colorado for the best mark in the National League. There is one major weakness with the Cards, though -- their bullpen has been an absoloute disaster in the absence of Jason Motte. Their relievers are putting up the worst ERA (5.90), highest opponent OBP (.359), highest opponent SLG (.454) and...

St. Louis P Jason Motte: A surprise to no one

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Martinez to replace Boggs in Cardinals pen

The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted pitcher Carlos Martinez, sending down Mitchell Boggs. Expectations may be unfairly high.

Welcome To St. Louis Carlos Martinez

“Better get there quick, Big Boy.” That quote has circled the blogosphere this week after St. Louis Cardinal General Manager John Mozeliak responded with those words after Josh Gilliam, of the great site Pitchers Hit Eighth, asked about seeing Carlos Martinez in Springfield.  Less than a week later, Martinez is on his way to Milwaukee to join the major league squad as struggling...

The Manager Being Managed & The Friday Links

Mike Matheny has a Mitchell Boggs problem. Not insomuch as Mitchell Boggs comes in and can't get outs, causing the Cardinals to make games closer than needed, if not lose games they shouldn't.    No, that's not the problem. It's A problem, for sure. It's just not THE problem. The BIG problem.   Zero baseball fans expect every pitch of every...

St. Louis Cardinals MLB pitching debut pairs

Looking back into St. Louis Cardinals history for two pitchers making MLB mound debuts in the same game prior to Carlos Martinez and Seth Maness Friday night.

St. Louis Cardinals reinvent bullpen sooner than normal in 2013

The St. Louis Cardinals began their yearly bullpen revolution early this year as three of the team’s projected relievers are already off the active 25-man roster just a month into the season. Buckle up as another group of extremely young pitchers try to guide the team through the late innings. Expected closer Jason Motte succumbed to an elbow injury in spring training and will...

The Call-Up: Carlos Martinez by Mark Anderson and Bret Sayre

The Cardinals look for bullpen help from their top starting pitcher prospect.
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