Martinez Placed on DL

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without the services of Carlos Martinez for at least 10 days, as the team announced the pitcher has been placed on the disabled list with a right lat strain. The move is retroactive to May 9th. Pitcher Mike Mayers has been recalled from Memphis (AAA).

Martinez last appeared on the mound Tuesday, throwing 5.0 innings in the Cardinals loss to Minnesota. He currently leads the National League with a 1.62 ERA and is the team leader with 50.0 innings pitched and 47 strikeouts.

Mayers pitched the final three innings of the Cardinals 14-inning victory over Chicago on Sunday, after which he was optioned to Memphis. He is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and one save in his five relief appearances (9.2 IP) for the Cardinals this season.

Martinez is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 19th and with a day off built into the schedule this coming Tuesday, could allow for the right-hander to miss only one start.

MIKOLAS BACK IN SAN DIEGO

–Drafted in the 7th round of 2009 by San Diego, tonight marks the first time Miles Mikolas will pitch against his former organization.

“I’m excited to go to San Diego,” said Mikolas earlier this week. “Not a whole lot of familiar faces there, but it’s a beautiful ballpark and a great city.”

Having last pitched in Petco Park in 2013, Mikolas is a lifetime 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19.0 innings of relief appearances at the stadium.

“It used to play for a pitcher pretty well, since I left, they’ve moved some thing around,” said Mikolas. “It’s a great place to pitch. Good mound, great field out there. We had a great defense when I was there, the ball was in play and they were making those plays.”

Mikolas has pitched 7.0 innings in his last four consecutive starts, which is tied for the longest streak in the National League.

“I’m trying to stay in the same routine,” said Mikolas. “I’m not trying to reinvent myself at this point. Just going to keep doing what I’m doing, try to keep the ball rolling, try to get us back on track.”

The 6’5 right-hander finds himself leading MLB for not issuing a walk in five straight games and also leads with a 0.45 walks/per 9 IP ratio. Mikolas enters the night tied for third in the league with his four wins. He also ranks fifth in WHIP (0.98) and ninth in ERA (2.70).

“It’s fun, it’s nice–it’s like a little pat on the back,” said Mikolas. “That’s a nice thing to see, but it’s early in the season. If my name’s still up on some of those boards at the end of the season it might something be nice to hang my hat on, but right now I think it’s more important where the team is. As long as we stay on top of those leaderboards and on top of the standings, that’s what is really important.”

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