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(Reuters) - St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder strain, the Major League Baseball team announced on Saturday.
The 2015 All-Star pitcher left Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning because of shoulder tightness. No surgery is planned, the team said.
The absence of the 24-year-old Dominican Republic native leaves St. Louis without one of their regular starters for the postseason.
The Cardinals (97-57) have the best record in the majors this season. Martinez has a 14-7 win-loss record this season with an ERA of 3.01 from 31 games.
In April, the Cardinals lost another ace starter, Adam Wainwright, with a torn Achilles, an injury that was expected to rule him out for the remainder of the season.
Wainwright, however, has made a quicker than expected recovery and the team has not ruled out his return for the playoffs.
Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes