Martinez Named as Fifth Starter for the St. Louis Cardinals

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.

Carlos Martinez

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.