Cardinals Place Kwang-Hyun Kim on IL, Activate Andrew Miller

photo: Kwang-Hyun Kim via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals release

Prior to today’s (Saturday, September 5) doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals placed left-handed pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to September 2.  Left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller was activated from the 10-day Injured List and RHP Nabil Crismatt was added as the 29th man for the doubleheader.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

Kim, 32, had appeared in five games this season, last pitching a five-inning start on September 1 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.  The rookie southpaw from South Korea has made four starts and posted a 2-0 record with an 0.83 ERA and one save over 21.2 innings pitched.  His 0.44 ERA over his first four starts marked the lowest ERA by a rookie left-handed pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.  Kim had not allowed an earned run in his last 17.0 innings pitched.

Andrew Miller

Miller, 35, missed 12 games since his placement on the Injured List on August 24 with left shoulder fatigue.  He last pitched on August 23 vs. Cincinnati, and is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA in seven relief appearances and is 2-for-2 in save opportunities.

Nabil Crismatt

Crismatt, 25, was recalled from the Cardinals Alternate Training Site in Springfield, Mo., and will be active tonight as the 29th man in the doubleheader.  The rookie right-hander has not been scored upon in two Major League appearances this season, both at Wrigley Field.  He made his Major League debut in the stadium on August 17 in the second game of a doubleheader.


Brian Walton’s take

Less than 24 hours after the Cardinals had their entire regular starting five lined up for the Chicago series, two spots are not concluding in the manner the team had hoped. Jack Flaherty struggled on Friday, requiring 5 1/3 innings of relief, and now, they lose their Sunday starter in Kim.

In pre-game remarks, Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak shared that Kim suffered abdominal pain on Friday morning. He was diagnosed with a blockage in his kidney that caused an infection. Kim has a known history of such problems and the treatment is blood thinners, which make him vulnerable to cuts and bruises.

After remaining hospitalized overnight, Kim is now feeling fine and is expected to return to St. Louis on Sunday.,

Mozeliak noted that it is a “real possibility” that the left-hander will pitch again in 2020. That his minimum 10-day IL move was made retroactively means he could return as early as September 12 and it is hoped he can return to throwing yet this week.

Dakota Hudson, originally Saturday’s Game 2 starter, has been slid into Kim’s spot on Sunday. Saturday’s nightcap will be a bullpen-pitched contest.

Update

Following Saturday’s game, Crismatt returned to his prior status. In the past, the Cardinals had rotated another pitcher out after a twin bill to keep a fresher pen, but Wainwright’s Game 1 performance helped moderate Saturday’s pen usage.

By not starting a new 10-day option period for another pitcher, this also helps keep the most flexibility with two more doubleheaders in the week just ahead.


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