Cardinals Flaherty Placed on IL, Replaced by Oviedo

photo: Jack Flaherty (Sam Navarro/Imagn)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals placed right-handed starting pitcher Jack Flaherty on the 10-day injured list. The right-handed starting pitcher had to leave his Monday start at Los Angeles after four innings with a side injury that has been diagnosed as a left oblique strain.

Flaherty will be badly missed. After 11 starts, he is leading the staff with an 8-1 record and has a 2.90 ERA. The 25-year-old has 67 strikeouts and 20 walks in 62 innings.

Jack Flaherty

In the corresponding transaction, the Cardinals recalled Johan Oviedo from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. However, the right-hander was already with the team on its current road trip on the taxi squad.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt explained Flaherty’s situation to media members before Tuesday’s game, while acknowledging the club is “trying to figure out the impact of the grade of it.”

“It’s not a minimal situation. It’s a real strain, tear,” Shildt continued. “Jack’s going to miss some time. It’s going to be a while.”

Flaherty’s next rotation turn will be Saturday at home against Cincinnati. Oviedo seems the likely replacement, though that is not yet confirmed.

Johan Oviedo

In five outings, including four starts for St. Louis, Oviedo has an 0-2 record with a 5.40 ERA. He has 16 strikeouts but 15 walks in 20 MLB innings.

Going forward, the rotation depth remains a concern. Shildt added that he “can’t rule out some version of” Jake Woodford and Daniel Ponce de Leon being stretched out to potentially start in the future. Both are relievers today but have extensive starting experience. Starters Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson (out for the season) are already on the injured list.

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