Carlos Martinez received permission to leave the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in order to attend to a personal matter that arose after a civil lawsuit was filed against him in South Florida, general manager John Mozeliak said.
"We are just learning of this matter. I was notified by Carlos' agent the other night," Mozeliak said Saturday. "We will not be in a position to act until we have more information."
The lawsuit, filed in a Miami district court, will not affect Martinez's ability to make his scheduled start Sunday against the Washington Nationals.
"We're right on track. He's going to be our starter tomorrow," manager Mike Matheny said.
The Cardinals have not heard from representatives of Major League Baseball but were gathering facts to determine whether any of the allegations made by the woman who filed the civil suit could trigger an investigation under the league's domestic violence rules.