Cardinals Closer Gallegos to Miss Much of Remaining Action

photo: Giovanny Gallegos via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals announcement

Brian Walton’s take

It is a possibility that Gallegos’ 2020 season will be bookended by disappointment.

The 29-year old opened the schedule on the injured list due to COVID-19. His season may end on the IL due to a groin injury.

Giovanny Gallegos

Gallegos was hurt during Thursday’s seventh and final inning of Game 2 against Detroit, which became his worst outing of the season – a very difficult loss both for the right-hander and his team.

Prior to Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt hesitated to put a timetable on the closer’s return.

“Clearly, it’s going to be every bit of ten days, and some of those things can take two weeks,” Shildt said.

Remember that only 16 calendar days remain in the 2020 regular season.

Shildt also offered a view of his upcoming starting pitchers.

As previously disclosed, Dakota Hudson will pitch Saturday, followed by Carlos Martínez on Sunday to close the homestand. Daniel Ponce de Leon will rejoin the club to take the ball in one of the doubleheader games on Monday. Kwang-Hyun Kim is a possibility to come off the injured list to make the other Monday start, depending on his recovery. Johan Oviedo, having been exposed to a positive COVID case, remains in isolation, but could be back during the upcoming road trip.

Nabil Crismatt

We reported the Meisinger news on Friday morning. Crismatt may have been returned to Springfield on paper, but in reality, the right-hander likely never left St. Louis.

Roster ramifications

No changes were made to the 40-man roster and the 60-man player pool. The Cardinals active mix of pitchers and position players remains at 15 and 13, respectively.

St. Louis has five players in the active player pool on the injured list currently. Gallegos joins Kim on the regular 10-day IL. The trio on the COVID-related IL is Oviedo, Kodi Whitley and Dexter Fowler.

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