Cardinals End Cabrera Rotation Trial, Add Helsley

photo: Genesis Cabrera (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s game (Wednesday, June 5), that they have recalled rookie right-handed pitcher Ryan Helsley from Memphis (AAA) and optioned rookie left-handed pitcher Génesis Cabrera to the triple-A Redbirds.

Helsley, 24, will be making his third stint with the Cardinals, after having been previously recalled on April 16 and again on May 17.  The 6-2, 230-pound Oklahoma native has made four relief appearances with the Cardinals, totaling 8.0 innings pitched with just four hits allowed and 10 strikeouts for a 3.38 ERA.  Three of his four appearances with the Cardinals, including his Major League debut on April 16, have been two innings or more.

Since returning to Memphis following an option on May 22, Helsley has made two starts, going 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA (5.2 IP/3 ER) and eight strikeouts.   He’s 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in nine games (5 starts) for Memphis overall this season, striking out 22 batters in 23.1 IP and allowing just one home run.  His most recent outing came in a start on May 31 vs. Oklahoma City when he fanned six batters in his 2.2 IP.

Helsley wears uniform no. 56.

Brian Walton’s take

Genesis Cabrera (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Why don’t they ever talk about the player sent down? It is like, “out of sight, out of mind”.

Of course, the main reason is that the news usually isn’t good. In his defense, both of Cabrera’s starts were rain delayed. On the other hand, it is the big leagues and performance is what matters.

In two starts totaling 8 1/3 innings, the 22-year old gave up nine runs, six earned, on 13 hits including two home runs, four walks and five strikeouts. Clearly, Cabrera’s 6.48 ERA affirms he was not yet ready for prime time.

By bringing up Helsley now, the Cardinals can get relief innings from him before needing another starter. Wednesday’s rainout could lead to the rotation being able to go longer without a new number five. Prime candidates from Memphis include Jake Woodford and Daniel Ponce de Leon. Alex Reyes needs more consistency, so time could be his friend. The most proven choice to start, Austin Gomber, continues on the injured list.

There are also rumors the Cardinals are interested in free agent lefty Dallas Keuchel, but so are a number of other clubs, apparently.

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