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C. Martinez will join Cardinals in Texas

ATLANTA — The Cardinals will stay with 13 pitchers when they play an interleague series against the Texas Rangers at Arlington, Texas this weekend and one of them will be righthander Carlos Martinez.

Martinez returned to St. Louis after pitching two innings on a minor league rehab outing Wednesday, was examined Thursday and was to fly to Dallas to meet the team which was to arrive after midnight Friday morning.

Since Martinez, recovering from a shoulder strain, was slated to have two days off, he isn’t likely to be activated until Saturday, which was the first day he would be able to pitch, general manager Michael Girsch said Thursday night.