Cardinals Place Kim on IL, Activate Ponce de Leon

photo: Kwang-Hyun Kim (St. Louis Cardinals)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon (Monday, August 9) that they have placed left-handed pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (left elbow inflammation) on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to August 8, and activated right-handed pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon (right shoulder) from the 10-day Injured List.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

Kim, who is second on the team in games started (19) and innings pitched (91.0), has posted a 6-6 mark and 3.36 ERA in his second season in the majors.

Ponce de Leon, who last pitched for the Cardinals on June 22, made four injury rehab outings between Memphis (AAA) and Springfield (AA).  He worked 1.2 innings in relief on August 3 for Springfield in his most recent outing.

Daniel Ponce de Leon

Ponce de Leon has made 17 appearances for the Cardinals in 2021, including two starts in April.  He has compiled a 1-1 mark and two saves in 24.1 innings of work.

Kim missed time on the Injured List twice previously this season with back related ailments.  He is among seven Cardinals starting pitchers to have spent time on the Injured List this season, joining Dakota Hudson, Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, Carlos Martínez, Adam Wainwright and Ponce de Leon.

Brian Walton’s take

The rotation loses yet another starter. Adam Wainwright is the only one of the five from Opening Day to still be active. With the Cardinals already 10 ½ games back in the division and eight games out of the second wild card with four teams ahead of them, this is yet another blow to their already-slim post-season chances, currently at about 1% per Baseball Reference.

Kim left his most recent start on Saturday after just four innings and prior to that, had been given nine days off between starts.

It will be interesting to see who assumes Kim’s place in the rotation. Jake Woodford and Johan Oviedo are starting in Memphis, with Ponce de Leon returning to the active roster, but not stretched out for a full starter workload.

Flaherty is close to activation so would be the most logical addition. Mikolas is also pitching in rehab games but was roughed up in his Double-A start on Sunday.


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