St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez

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Carlos Martinez back on DL, Matt Bowman Optioned

GM Michael Girsch, "it was just a mild thing we hope is for only one start"

July 21, 2018 - 12:15 pm

The Cardinals announced a series of roster moves prior to Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs:

- RHP Carlos Martinez (right oblique strain) placed on 10-day DL, retroactive to July 20

- RHP Miles Mikolas activated from Paternity List

- RHP John Brebbia recalled from Memphis (AAA)

- RHP Luke Weaver activated as 26th man and will start Game 1 of doubleheader

- RHP Matt Bowman optioned to Memphis (AAA), following yesterday's game

Cardinals GM Michael Girsch told KMOX's Mike Claiborne that the oblique strain to Carlos is "a different issue - just a mild thing we hope is only one start". He goes on to say, "because it's mild the trainers were able to do an injection yesterday immediately after he felt something".

Martinez, who was disabled earlier this season (May 9 to June 4) with a right lat strain, started Thursday night’s series opener, taking the loss.  He’s 6-6 with a 3.39 ERA in 17 starts this season.

Mikolas (10-3, 2.79) was named an All-Star for the first time and is set to start Sunday’s series finale.  Weaver (5-8, 4.72) draws the start in the opening game of today’s double-header. 

Brebbia is being recalled for a 5th time.  He’s appeared in 27 games with St. Louis, going 1-3 with two saves and a 4.13 ERA.