Jupiter, FL (Sports Network) - Starting pitcher Luis Martinez, Milwaukee's minor league pitcher of the year for 2003, was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.
The 24-year-old Martinez, who made his major league debut last September, has been accused in a shooting linked to a traffic dispute in Santo Domingo earlier this month. The shooting injured one man with leg and chest wounds.
Martinez made a total of 31 starts in 2003, four of which were for the Brewers when he went 0-3 with a 9.92 ERA. He compiled an 8-5 mark with a 2.58 ERA in 20 starts at Double-A Huntsville and then went a stellar 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Indianapolis.
A lefthander, Martinez struck out 172 hitters in 177 innings last season. He has fanned 586 batters in 599 1/3 innings in his minor league career.