Free Agent Pitcher Carlos Martinez Serves 85-Game Suspension Under MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse Policy
Former Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez will reportedly serve an 85-game unpaid suspension under MLB’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy. Martinez’s suspension was announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred, during a press release. The suspension is reportedly retroactive to June 19th, according to MLB on FOX field reporter Ken Rosenthal.
The suspension is reportedly added on to the 80-game suspension Martinez was served for PED violation. Martinez tested positive for Ibutamoren, a performance-enhancing substance used to boost human growth hormone levels.
The 30-year-old bounced around the league early on in the 2022 season, having brief stays with both the Red Sox & the Giants; however, Martinez never pitched for either team in the major leagues. Martinez is mainly known for his time with the Cardinals, after spending eight seasons with the team from 2013-21 and was reportedly one of the better starting pitchers between the years 2015-18. Martinez netted a 3.22 ERA in 698 2/3 innings during that three-year stretch.
Martinez earned a five-year, $51 million contract-extension with the Cardinals back in 2017, after becoming a 2x All-Star player. Unfortunately, Martinez suffered multiple injuries throughout the majority of the five-year deal, limited to only 150 2/3 innings over the final three seasons.
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