Edwards Solid in Return to Smokies, Caratini and Martinez Lead Cougars in Cubs Debut

C.J. Edwards was activated from the disabled list Saturday and made his first start in a Smokies’ uniform since April 20 with a right shoulder strain.

Edwards allowed one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts Saturday night, and the lone run he was charged with scored after he left the game. Edwards threw 61 pitches, 37 for strikes, in 3 1/3 innings

According to reports from the Smokies, Edwards threw his fastball in the 90-93 mph range and his breaking ball in the 79-80 mph range.

C.J. Edwards made two rehab starts with the AZL Cubs prior to his return to the Smokies’ rotation. Edwards allowed one run on two hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.


The Cubs are expected to send C.J. Edwards to the Arizona Fall League to make up some of the innings and development time he missed this season.

Victor Caratini and Jonathan Martinez

The two newest additions to the Cubs system made their organizational debuts Saturday night with the Cougars. Jonathan Martinez and Victor Caratini were battery mates and helped Kane County beat Quad Cities 8-2.

PrintThe Cubs acquired RHP Jonathan Martinez as the PTBNL in the deal that sent Darwin Barney to the Dodgers. And Victor Caratini was the Cubs return from the Braves for James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio.

Jonathan Martinez picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts. The lone run came on a solo home run by Mark Wik in the third inning. Martinez retired the last nine batters he faced.

According to reports from the park, Martinez’s fastball was sitting in the low-90s.

Victor Caratini went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Caratini started behind the plate and hit sixth in the Cougars lineup.

Mark Johnson apparently liked what he saw Saturday night. Kane County’s skipper pointed out to Paul Johnson after the game the Cubs’ front office “did their homework” with Caratini and Martinez and said, “I’m pretty damn excited about them.”

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