ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals suffered a stinging loss Monday, but dodged a crippling blow when reports on Jose Martinez’s injury came back a lot more favorable than initially expected.
Martinez, hitting .313 with two homers coming into Monday, was playing first base when seemingly minor contact with Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning brought him to the ground in pain.
In the top of the frame, Cain tapped a ball off to the side of the mound. Reliever Sam Tuivailala grabbed it and made a whirling throw to first, narrowly beating Cain’s sprint.
Martinez stretched out with his right foot on the bag, and as Cain ran through, his left foot caught Martinez’s heel, twisting it.
The lanky first basemen immediately collapsed to the ground, grabbing his foot. He had to be helped off the field, and replays of the injury sparked fears it could involve his Achilles tendon.
Those fears deepened when the team announced he suffered a right Achilles contusion, but early examinations seem to have assuaged concern.
“Everything structurally seems to be good. Just sore,” Mike Matheny said after the game. “If it’s structural, that could be a bad one. But everything is pointing in the right direction. We’ll know more tomorrow, but they feel like right now it’s going to be day to day.”
The Cardinals are confident enough in positive prognosis that- at least as of Monday night- they did not make an immediate roster move.
The plan is to see how Martinez responds on Tuesday before making any personnel decisions.
Cain also left the field with an injury, which was later announced as quad strain.