Prior to Friday’s game, the Cubs optioned Martinez to the Alternate Site in South Bend and added infielder Patrick Wisdom, who will be available for Friday’s game against the White Sox.
To make room for Wisdom on the 40-man roster, righthanded pitcher Manny Rodriguez was recalled from the Double-A Tennessee roster (a procedural move only) and placed on the 45-day injured list as he rehabs from a right bicep strain.
Wisdom will wear uniform No. 59. He has played parts of the last two seasons with the Cardinals (2018) and Rangers (2019) and is a career .224/.306/.408 hitter (17-for-76) with four home runs and 11 RBI in 41 games. He has played first base and third base at the big league level. He was originally a first-round pick of the Cardinals (52nd overall) in 2012.
If Martinez never plays for the Cubs again (and I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, but I hope he doesn’t), he will hold the franchise record for most PA with no hits in a career by a position player (22). The previous record-holder, George Moriarty, had 18 hitless PA for the Cubs in 1903-04.