Cardinals Activate Whitley, Officially End Hudson’s Season

photo: Kodi Whitley via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals announcement

Brian Walton’s take

After making his first Opening Day roster and his first two MLB appearances, Whitley has been on the COVID-related injured list since August 4. The rookie right-hander began to throw weeks ago, but suffered elbow soreness and traveled back and forth between St. Louis and Springfield as he ramped back up. The 22-year old has thrown 2 2/3 perfect innings to date.

Kodi Whitley

Fernandez, 23, had rejoined the team on September 16, his second 2020 stint with the club after time on the COVID IL himself. This time up, the right-hander pitched a scoreless inning in Pittsburgh on the 17th.

Junior Fernandez

Prior to the game, President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak explained that based on his initial MRI, it seems clear that Hudson will not pitch again in 2020. However, his meeting in St. Louis with Dr. George Paletta was moved to Wednesday, so until then, his actions to remedy the problem are not known.

As such, Hudson was moved from the 10-day IL to the 45-day version.

Dakota Hudson

Roster ramifications

By placing Hudson on the 45-day injured list, it clears room for Whitley to rejoin the active 28 players without the Cardinals having to remove anyone from the 40-man roster. Hudson becomes the fifth Cardinals pitcher on the 45-day IL and done for the season, joining Miles Mikolas, Ricardo Sanchez, John Brebbia, and Jordan Hicks.

These transactions reduce the Cardinals 40-man roster to 40, for the first time since August 4-5.

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