Carlos Martinez optioned to Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Right-hander Carlos Martinez was optioned to Memphis by the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, and is scheduled to start for the Redbirds at 7:05 p.m. tonight at AutoZone Park against the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Martinez made seven relief appearances for St. Louis following his call-up from Double-A Springfield on May 3 and struck out nine batters in 8.0 innings pitched.

Entering the 2013 season, Martinez was rated as the 38th-best prospect in the minors and the #3 Cardinals prospect by Baseball America. The same publication has recognized the right-hander as having the organization's "Best Curveball" for the past two seasons.

The 21-year-old made three starts for Double-A Springfield to begin 2013, going 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA (3er/11.2ip) and nine strikeouts before making his Major League debut.

To replace Martinez on the St. Louis roster, right-handed reliever Victor Marte was recalled by St. Louis yesterday to join the Cardinals bullpen in Kansas City. The 32-year-old Marte was 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA (7er/22.2ip) with 23 strikeouts in 20 games for Memphis this season. He converted a team-leading 10 saves that ranked 4th in the Pacific Coast League.

Marte becomes the fifth member of the Redbirds' Opening Night roster to be promoted to St. Louis, joining pitchers Seth Maness, John Gast, Tyler Lyons, and infielder Jermaine Curtis.

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