JUPITER, Fla. • That planned roll-out of the Cardinals possible opening day lineup hit a snag before Marcell Ozuna ever took the lineup card to home plate.
Jose Martinez, the starter at first base, was scratched shortly before game time with spasms in his left groin. The severity of the injury was not known, though the Cardinals have removed players from the lineup for reasons that range from immediate concern to a week, or so, absence.
Martinez has had groin and leg issues before, missing time.
To replace Martinez in the lineup the Cardinals turned to the bat that would be certain to replace any of the first basemen on the roster if there's an opening: Luke Voit. The St. Louis-area native moved into Martinez's spot in the field and hit eighth against the Marlins.
He'll face a decidedly St. Louis-flavored pitching plan from the Marlins.
Starting against the Cardinals will be former Mizzou pitcher Brett Graves. Also scheduled to pitch for Miami will be Sandy Alcantara, the top prospect acquired in the Ozuna trade, and Jacob Turner, a St. Louis-area native and close friend of Mike Matheny's.
Graves didn't get out of the first inning before having to leave the mound with an apparent injury. By that point he had walked Dexter Fowler, hit Tommy Pham, and allowed an RBI double to Yadier Molina. Fowler stole home for the Cardinals' first run -- giving them a steal of home in back-to-back games. The Cardinals lead 3-0 after the first half of the first inning. Kolten Wong's RBI single provided the third run.
This is what the Cardinals' lineup looks like after Martinez's injury:
- Fowler, RF
- Pham, CF
- DeJong, SS
- Ozuna, LF
- Molina, C -- this is where Martinez was
- Gyorko, 3B
- Wong, 2B
- Voit, 1B
- Kelly, DH
This blog will be updated with Martinez details and game coverage.