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Cardinals will use Carlos Martinez as reliever when he returns from shoulder injury

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The St. Louis Cardinals are taking extra precaution when it comes to veteran right hander Carlos Martinez.

The team will ease the 27-year old back from injury by putting him in the bullpen as a reliever when he gets activated off the injured list. They plan on eventually making him a starter again once he proves he can handle the workload, but for now they are doing what he is best to sustain him for long-term success.

“That’s the trajectory we’re going right now based on how he’s recovering, what he’s doing, what he feels like he’s capable of…It’s just about the amount of intensity and the length of intensity and sustaining intensity, which would obviously be required as a starter to throw sides and be able to pitch every fifth or sixth day.” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt.

“We’d expect him to be able to come back and go a competent and confident 80 to 100 pitches, and we just don’t feel like we’re at that point right now.”

Martinez has yet to pitch this season after experiencing shoulder weakness during Spring Training. He is working his way back to full health as we speak.

He posted an 8-6 record with a 3.11 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 33 appearances and 18 starts last season. He has made two MLB All-Star appearances (2015, 2017) during his six seasons with the franchise.

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Diamondbacks looking to trade outfielder Adam Jones

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Adam Jones could have a new home by the end of the month.

According to a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks are shopping veteran outfielder Adam Jones, and could move him before the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline despite being in the thick of things for an NL Wild Card spot.

Jones, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Diamondbacks in March after 11 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, has posted a .268 batting average, .757 OPS, 13 homers and 44 RBI in 86 games this season.

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Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be out at least six more weeks with lat strain, right shoulder inflammation

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The New York Yankees are going to have to wait a little while longer before their ace returns to the rotation.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the media on Friday that All-Star right hander Luis Severino will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks before he’s able to return to the lineup.

The 25-year old Dominican has yet to throw a pitch this season after being sustaining rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder during Spring Training, and later being diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain in April.

Severino, who is in the first season of a four-year, $40 million contract extension, has posted a 41-25 record, 3.51 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP over a span of 518 innings ptiched and four seasons with the franchise.

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Pirates asking a lot from Dodgers in Felipe Vazquez trade talks

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to take Felipe Vazquez off the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hands, it’s going to cost them quite a bit.

According to sources, the Pirates are asking for two of the Dodgers’ top four prospects as a starting point in trade talks for the veteran closer.

The two-time MLB All-Star has posted a 2-1 record, 2.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and converted 20 of 21 save opportunities in 35 games and 38.1 innings pitched so far this season.

He is currently in the second season of a team-friendly four-year, $22 million contract extension that include a pair of $10 million club options in 2022 and 2023.

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