Cardinals Option Austin Gomber to Triple-A

photo: Austin Gomber (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned left-handed starting pitcher Austin Gomber to Triple-A Memphis, manager Mike Shildt announced Wednesday morning.

Austin Gomber (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Gomber had been in a four-way competition for the starting berth temporarily vacated by the injured Carlos Martinez, along with Dakota Hudson, John Gant and Daniel Ponce de Leon. Hudson is the presumed, but unannounced leader.

Shildt complimented Gomber, noting “his stuff was really good” but “he was unable to execute his fastball command” this spring. The 25-year old, who made his MLB debut in 2018, will continue to start for the Triple-A Redbirds, the manager said.

Shildt labeled Gomber “a Major League pitcher in minor league camp” while noting his key contribution of five wins during the team’s August 2018 surge.

This spring, Gomber pitched in four games for a total of 11 innings, but yielded a total of 13 runs over his final three appearances for a spring ERA of 10.64. He gave up 19 hits, walked five and struck out just three.

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