Carlos Martinez rejoins Cardinals as Blazek is returned to Memphis

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2013 

— Right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez was recalled by the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Right-hander Michael Blazek was optioned to Class AAA Memphis to make room for Martinez.

Martinez, 21, was in uniform but did not pitch for the Cardinals' in their 3-0 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night in Chicago. He was wearing No. 62.

Martinez was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Cardinals in May. He had nine strikeouts in eight innings.

Martinez joined the Memphis starting rotation following his option May 27, going 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts. He walked 16 and struck out 35 in 41 innings, allowing one home run. He was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.

Blazek is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in four games and three innings this season for St. Louis.

News out of Florida

The Cardinals could have a couple of new neighbors when they report to spring training in Jupiter, Fla., sometime in the next few years.

The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that the Houston Astros were close to completing a deal to move their spring training home from Kissimmee, Fla., to nearby Palm Beach Gardens, located seven miles south of Jupiter.

The Astros would share a spring training complex with the Toronto Blue Jays, much in the same manner the Cardinals share their Florida home with the Miami Marlins.

Palm Beach Gardens is just a few miles from Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter and would give the Cardinals two more teams in close proximity to play in exhibition games.

Only the Marlins and the Mets, who play in Port St. Lucie, can be considered close to Jupiter. Port St. Lucie is 32 miles from Jupiter. The next-closest road city for the Cardinals in the spring is Viera, home of the Washington Nationals, located 109 miles north of Jupiter.

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