SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Carlos Martinez nods his head, gives a thumbs-up to pitching coach Bryan Eversgerd and takes a few steps back. After a deep breath, he lofts a high looping throw from way out in the Hammons Field outfield.
It's a slow process for one of the Cardinals top pitching prospects, but one the organization is not taking lightly. Martinez, who entered the season ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Cardinals system by Baseball America, has been out since complaining of shoulder pain following a between-starts throw on May 16.
The 20-year-old Martinez, who was moved from High-A Palm Beach to AA Springfield last week as he continues his rehab, reports no pain following the 10-minute long toss session. He threw a flat-ground session the following day and will advance to throwing a bullpen either Monday or Tuesday.
A simulated game is on tap in about a week and if all continues to go well, he could make his AA debut sometime in the middle of June. After signing out of the Do...