Promoted Friday to add a fresh arm to the bullpen, rookie righty Carlos Martinez has yet to appear in a game, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wants to find a spot for him soon.
Martinez was scheduled to start for Class AAA Memphis on Friday, and he does offer a multiple-innings option as a backup for Tyler Lyons tonight against the Reds.
Matheny suggested that Martinez could also be used in a role similar to rookie Michael Wacha’s new spot — late-inning righty.
“We need to pitch him,” Matheny said. “I see him being able to be used in short stints too, especially as we’re close to having more arms around here. When that happens, he turns into somebody who could spell one of the late-inning pitchers because he has stuff to do that.”
Matheny expects an infusion of arms when rosters expand Sept. 1. Sam Freeman, Michael Blazek and Keith Butler could all return from Triple-A. All three pitched Sunday for Memphis. Blazek got the win in a game that Butler started.
Seasoned righty Fernando Salas, another candidate for promotion, struck out two in his scoreless inning of work for Memphis.
“Bringing in some extra arms,” Matheny said, “is something we’re definitely looking forward to.”