Two-time All-Star pitcher Carlos Martinez could face punishment for violating COVID restrictions after taking part in the filming of a video in the Dominican Republic over the weekend.
The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander was seen riding a motorcycle along with a Dominican singer and social media personality Denisse Michel Tejada as part of a large gathering in his hometown of Puerto Plata. Neither Martinez nor the singer — known "La Perversa" — was wearing a mask or observing social distancing regulations as the country requires.
Martinez's agent told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the pitcher was not taken into custody, but could be fined for his actions.
Here’s the video. https://t.co/kSNl8eGh1jpic.twitter.com/oQsIVeRpCE
The Cardinals issued a statement Monday saying they were aware of Martinez's actions.
"We are currently gathering details from this event, but it is our understanding that Carlos was not arrested nor are there any pending legal charges against him," the team said. "Certainly, we would not condone anyone from our organization knowingly violating community laws or health regulations."
Martinez, 29, contracted COVID-19 during the 2020 season and had to be hospitalized twice due to symptoms from the virus. He appeared in only five games, going 0-3 with a 9.90 ERA. He finished the season on the injured list with a strained oblique muscle.
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Carlos Martinez appeared in just five games during the 2020 season, posting a 9.90 ERA over 20 innings pitched. (Photo: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)
He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2015 and 2017 as a starting pitcher, but has battled injury issues throughout his career. He served as the Cardinals' closer in 2019, racking up 24 saves, before vowing to return to the starting rotation this past spring.
Martinez is entering the final guaranteed year of a contract extension he signed in 2017 that includes two team option years in 2022 and 2023.
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