Carlos Martinez is a (fire)starter…
The St. Louis Cardinals have picked the 23-year-old Dominican pitcher as their fifth starter, while putting fellow pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made the announcement about the rotation Monday.
Martinez, Garcia and Marco Gonzales had been competing for the final starting spot.
Martinez went 2-4 with a 4.03 ERA in 57 games for the National League Central champions last year. The right-hander made seven starts.
Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Michael Wacha are the Cardinals’ other starters.
Garcia is sidelined because of soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder.