After another short outing by starter Shelby Miller, which required Seth Maness to pitch 2 innings and Edward Mujica to pitch his 6th consecutive game, the Cardinals needed a fresh arm in the pen. Thus, Carlos Martinez was recalled today, with Michael Blazek being sent to the minors.
This is likely just a short-term stint for Martinez, who will likely head back to Memphis during the All-Star break to continue his work as a starter.
GM John Mozeliak described Martinez' role as "bullpen innings eater", when asked by Bernie Miklasz. So, Martinez will likely fill the long reliever role that Maness has occupied, while Seth gets a chance to rest.
I don't normally like it when teams shuttle pitchers up and down from their AAA club, especially one as talented as Martinez. I think it can affect their development and Martinez needs work to develop a third pitch to go with his blazing fastball and excellent curve.
However, as this appears to be just a short-term move, mostly out of necess...