photo: Michael Wacha (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports Images)
St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s (Monday, April 22) series opener with Milwaukee that they have placed right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha (left knee patellar tendinitis) on the 10-day Injured List, retroactive to April 19, and recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Memphis (AAA).
Wacha, who was 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in his first four starts this season, including a 6-3 win over the Brewers in his start last Wednesday (April 17), is leading the Cardinals pitching staff with his 24 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched.
The left-handed hitting Robinson, who was on the Cardinals Opening Day roster, is being recalled for the second time this season. He wears uniform no. 33.
Brian Walton’s take
This has to be disappointing news as Wacha was coming off one of his better outings and the team needs starters to go deeper into games. Though he will supposedly miss just one start this time, one of Wacha’s biggest limitations over the years has been remaining healthy.
The Cardinals have already signaled that Daniel Ponce de Leon will be recalled from Memphis to take Wacha’s turn in the rotation, scheduled Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium. Whether Robinson or Yairo Muñoz or a pitcher such as Giovanny Gallegos goes down instead will signal whether the Cardinals will shift to a five-man bench for more than one day. Based on the short outings from the rotation this season to date, my guess is that a hitter will be sent down for Ponce de Leon on Tuesday. However, if it is a reliever, one tell as to who that pitcher might be is if one of them with options is asked to toss multiple innings Monday night for St. Louis.
Wacha becomes the eighth player on St. Louis’ injured list, joining four other pitchers and three outfielders. Among them, reliever Luke Gregerson could be closest to his return. Outfielders Harrison Bader and Tyler O’Neill are also said to be making good progress.
To replace Robinson at Memphis, the Redbirds activated relief pitcher Chris Beck off the injured list. This could be another tell that a hitter will be returned from St. Louis. Beck, 28, missed 10 days, having been placed on the injured list on April 12. Prior to that, the right-hander allowed four runs in four innings on six hits (including two home runs) and two walks. He struck out four.
Signed as a minor league free agent in November, Beck has MLB experience in four partial seasons with the Chicago White Sox and made a half-dozen appearances for the New York Mets in 2018. However, before he can make his St. Louis debut, Beck would have to earn a 40-man roster spot.
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