Sore Elbow Puts Wainwright Back on DL

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St. Louis Cardinals press release

Adam Wainwright (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Friday) that they have placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow impingement.  Right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers (pronounced MY-ers) has been recalled from Memphis (AAA) and will be in uniform for tonight’s game.

Wainwright, 35, made 23 starts this season posting a team-high 12 wins which ranks T-6th among National League pitchers to add to a 5.12 ERA over 121.1 innings and 96 strikeouts.

In a start on July 22 at Chicago, the veteran right-hander pitched a season-high 7.2 innings, and was placed on the 10-day disabled list the following day with mid-back tightness.  Since returning from the disabled list on August 6, Wainwright has pitched a total of 11.0 innings over his last three starts.

Wainwright ranks second among all Cardinals pitchers in franchise history with 1,583 strikeouts, 5th with 146 wins, 6th with a 3.29 ERA and 8th with 1,889.2 innings pitched.

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Mayers, 25, the Cardinals 3rd round draft pick out of the University of Mississippi in 2013, will appear on the Cardinals Major League roster for the third time this season, also getting recalled on June 25 and July 26.

This season, Myers has made two relief appearances, one at Arizona (June 29) and another vs. Washington (July 2) totaling four innings.  He made his Major League debut on July 24, 2016, and has appeared in six games, making one start and pitching a total of 9.1 innings with six strikeouts in his MLB career.

Pitching for Memphis, Mayers appeared in 25 games, making 15 starts, posting a 5-6 record with a 3.36 ERA and 88 strikeouts over 99.0 innings.  Following the All-Star Break, Mayers has been pitching as a reliever, going 0-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 10 appearances.  He has pitched 19.0 innings, fanning 18 and allowing 13 hits and two walks for a 0.79 WHIP.  Of his 10 relief appearances, eight have been four outs or more and he worked 3.0 innings twice.

Mayers wears uniform No. 59.

Brian Walton’s take

Needless to say, two St. Louis pitchers down with elbow issues in the last two days is not a positive trend.

What was not mentioned above is that over his starts since coming off the DL, Wainwright has dealt with diminished velocity. In those 11 innings, he was pounded for nine earned runs on 15 hits and nine walks. Wainwright went two straight outings without a strikeout after not doing it once in more than a decade.

It is worth recalling that his previous injury was stated to have been a back issue. That kept him out from July 25 to August 6.

Also yet unsaid is who will take Wainwright’s spot in the rotation, coming up next on Tuesday at home against San Diego.  It should almost certainly be Luke Weaver, called up from Memphis on Thursday when Trevor Rosenthal went on the DL.

Related news – Gilmartin returns

Sean Gilmartin (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Down two pitchers, Memphis filled one spot with the activation of Sean Gilmartin. The 40-man roster lefty, who missed 40 games on the DL, had been rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League.

The 27-year old, claimed off waivers from the Mets on June 11, pitched in just one game with the Redbirds before going out on June 20. He was pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in that June 17 start at Round Rock.

It remains to be seen if Gilmartin steps into Weaver’s rotation spot next Tuesday or takes on bullpen duties with Memphis. It could be the latter, given that only one of five of his GCL rehab appearances went for more than one inning, a two-frame outing on August 12.

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