Cardinals Activate Wainwright, Option out Dean

photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Monday May 3) series opener with the New York Mets that they have activated pitcher Adam Wainwright from the COVID-19 IL and optioned outfielder Austin Dean to Memphis (AAA).  Wainwright, who went on the IL on April 29, is set to make his sixth start of the season tonight, appearing in his 399th career game.

Adam Wainwright

Wainwright (0-3, 4.08) is coming off the 25th complete game performance of his career on April 26, and is two strikeouts shy of 1,000 at Busch Stadium III.

Dean has appeared in 18 games to begin the season, with 11 of his 34 plate appearances coming as a pinch-hitter.  He has started four games this year, the last on April 20.

Brian Walton’s take

The Wainwright move had been expected with the right-hander having remained in St. Louis while quarantined as a precaution after a close contact tested positive. The right-hander has been fully vaccinated.

With the return of starters Tyler O’Neill and Harrison Bader in the last 10 days, Dean slipped to the number five outfield spot on the roster. Dylan Carlson is the third starter with Justin Williams the top reserve.

Austin Dean

These moves return the Cardinals’ roster mix to 14 pitchers and 12 position players, or just four hitters off the bench – Williams, infielders Matt Carpenter and Edmundo Sosa plus catcher Ali Sanchez.

Injury updates

Prior to Monday’s game, St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak provided injury updates on a number of players.

Jordan Hicks (elbow) – Will have more news from imaging later tonight. (With Johan Oviedo’s Tuesday recall requiring a player to be moved to the IL, Hicks is the primary candidate.)

Daniel Ponce de Leon (shoulder) – Encouraging news. Likely to receive an injection to reduce inflammation.

Yadier Molina (foot) – Not yet ready to resume baseball activities. Reassessment to be made soon.

Andrew Miller (toe) – Not yet ready to resume baseball activities.

John Nogowski (hand) – Will begin his injury rehab at Triple-A Memphis on Thursday or Friday.

Miles Mikolas (shoulder) – Will make his first rehab start for Memphis on Wednesday. Expect him to make three or four starts to build up his pitch count.

Dakota Hudson (Tommy John)– Everything going well. Taking baby steps. Working daily. Might have something more tangible later this summer.

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