St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (18) speaks with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina

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Martinez, Molina Both Return To Cardinals Lineup Tuesday

St. Louis has its ace back on the mound and its captain behind the plate for the first time in more than a month.

June 05, 2018 - 12:12 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) updated at 3:30 p.m.- The St. Louis Cardinals lineup includes both Carlos Martinez on the mound and Yadier Molina behind the plate at batting fifth against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday. Two of the Cardinals top performers return to the lineup card for the first time since the first week of May. 

KMOX's previous reporting: 

The last time Yadier Molina and Carlos Martinez shared a MLB field, the St. Louis Cardinals ace threw seven and a third innings and allowed just one run against the Chicago White Sox. That was part of a 3-2 victory on May 2. Three days later, Molina was having emergency surgery, and two days after that Martinez strained his right lat muscle. 

But Tuesday, they are likely to represent St. Louis' battery and make their return to the lineup at Busch Stadium against the Miami Marlins. Martinez was named the starter of Tuesday's game by manager Mike Matheny over the weekend. Molina was expected to also start, but we won't know officially until the Cardinals lineup is released this afternoon. 

The Cardinals announced multiple roster moves before Tuesday's game, including activating Martinez and Molina back onto the 25-man roster. Also, right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet has been purchased from Memphis and infielder Greg Garcia has been placed on the paternity list. Garcia's wife gave birth the the couple's first child – Olivia June Garcia. 

The Cardinals also optioned catcher Carson Kelly to Memphis following Sunday’s game and today they optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers to the triple-A club.  Memphis catcher Steven Baron has been designated for assignment to make room for Guilmet on the team’s 40-man Major League roster.

Martinez started for the double-A Springfield Cardinals last Thursday, throwing four innings and allowing five hits and two earned runs on solo home runs. He also struck out four.

Molina played four innings in a rehab start on Saturday, then played eight innings the next day. He talked about his expectations to return to the Cardinals lineup this week, when he was in St. Louis last Friday. 

Follow @KMOXSports to find out if Molina is in tonight's lineup, first pitch at 7:15 p.m.