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Carlos Martinez to miss remainder of 2015 season with shoulder strain

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Carlos Martinez left his Friday night start against the Milwaukee Brewers in the top of the first inning after having faced two batters. The initial assessment, as relayed by the St. Louis Cardinals' Twitter account, was that Martinez was suffering from shoulder tightness. After the game, manager Mike Matheny announced that Martinez would undergo an MRI on Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, general manager John Mozeliak announced that Martinez's 2015 season is over:

Chris Hrbabe of KMOX shared additional Mozeliak quotes:

Obviously, the immediate impact is negative for the Cardinals. They are down perhaps their best starting pitcher for the home stretch of the Central race. And Martinez will miss the postseason. But the news regarding Martinez's shoulder tightness could have been much, much worse. Right now, it appears as if it is not serious enough to hamper Martinez in 2016. That's a shiny silver lining.