St. Louis Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez said his arm felt great after a rehab start Thursday night in Springfield.
The 26-year-old righthander threw 63 pitches over four-plus innings at Hammons Field, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out four, walking none. Both Corpus Christi runs came on solo home runs in the second inning.
Martinez has been on the disabled list since May 10 with a strained lat muscle. He said he hopes to rejoin the big league club Tuesday in St. Louis against Miami.
“I’m feeling really good with my arm and I’m so excited to come back,” Martinez said. “I’m feeling really great with all my pitches.”
He also said he looks forward to Yadier Molina’s return. The catcher has been sidelined since May 5 and will play in Springfield on a rehab assignment Saturday and Sunday. Molina is on track to play Tuesday in St. Louis, as well.
Springfield trailed 3-0 into the eighth inning, but the Cardinals scored three in their half of the inning to tie the game. They battled back and forth in extra innings, but the Hooks prevailed to sweep the series with a 9-7 win in 12 innings.