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Cardinals president critical of Carlos Martinez for throwing program

St Louis Cardinals president John Mozeliak does not seem happy with pitcher Carlos Martinez.

Martinez is on a no-throwing program for the next two weeks and will be re-evaluated in March. According to The Athletic’s Mark Saxon, Mozeliak believes Martinez is not doing the right type of training during the offseason. He thinks the focus should be on physical therapy rather than strength training.

Martinez dealt with arm injuries last season and only pitched 118.2 innings, working as both a starter and reliever. He had shoulder issues in 2012 and again in 2015, so that’s the type of history Mozeliak is talking about.

Martinez, 27, is a valuable pitcher when healthy. He’s 54-38 with a 3.37 ERA during his career and has been named to two All-Star teams. The Cardinals made some upgrades to their team, led by the addition of Paul Goldschmidt. The last thing they want is to enter the season at less than full strength.

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