Carlos Martinez Placed on Cardinals 10-Day Disabled List with Oblique Injury

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2018

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 26:  Carlos Martinez #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals during a game against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium on April 26, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***  Carlos Martinez
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For the second time this season, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is banged up and will miss time. 

Per MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, the 26-year-old was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right oblique. 

The move comes after Martinez was knocked around in his last start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday with six runs allowed (five earned) in five innings. 

Martinez previously landed on the 10-day disabled list May 10 with a right lat strain after starting the season in stellar fashion. Over his first eight appearances, the Cardinals' opening-day starter went 3-2 with a 1.62 ERA and 1.080 WHIP. 

Now 17 starts into his sixth season, the right-hander has gone 6-6 with a 3.39 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 1.85 strikeout-to-walk rate.   

The Cardinals rotation has already experienced its fair share of setbacks this season, with Martinez and Adam Wainwright going down, so interim manager Mike Shildt will have to hope his ace isn't on the shelf long, as St. Louis is eyeing a National League playoff spot.