The dominoes had to fall when Carl Crawford’s line drive knocked Shelby Miller out of Wednesday’s game on his second pitch and the Cardinals had to call on Thursday’s scheduled starter, Jake Westbrook, to take over.
Martinez, yet another highly regarded St. Louis pitching prospect, has a 1.76 ERA and has held opponents to a .214 batting average in 10 starts for Memphis. He was ranked the Cardinals’ No. 3 prospect by mlb.com.
Thursday's game, however, won't be the first time the Dodgers get a look at the hard-throwing 21-year-old.
Martinez was up earlier this season as a reliever, and in 10 appearances had a 5.56 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Martinez will be pitching on his regular rest, having been originally scheduled to pitch for Memphis on Thursday. The Cardinals also called up left-handed reliever Sam Freeman from triple-A. Freeman will be looking to make his major-league debut.