photo: John Gant via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
St. Louis Cardinals announcement
We have placed RHP John Gant (right groin tightness) on the 10-day Injured List and recalled RHP Nabil Crismatt from the taxi squad. pic.twitter.com/6uerwbJaJY
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 25, 2020
Brian Walton’s take
In this between-games move on Friday, the Cardinals essentially announced their seventh pitcher is done for 2020 and the third this week alone – following Miles Mikolas, Jordan Hicks, John Brebbia and Ricardo Sanchez earlier, plus most recently, Dakota Hudson and Carlos Martinez.
Gant, 28, had previously been held out a week – from September 13 until the 20th – with groin soreness, but was not placed on the injured list. The right-hander returned to toss a scoreless inning on Sunday in Pittsburgh, but again did not pitch for an extended period afterward.
In his fifth day, Friday, he took the mound in the sixth inning of Friday’s doubleheader against Milwaukee. Gant threw five pitches, allowing one hit, before reinjuring his groin.
His season ends with a 2.40 ERA, having allowed nine hits and seven walks to go with 18 strikeouts in 15 innings. While Gant’s record was 0-3, he logged seven holds and received no save opportunities.
In Gant’s recent absence, right-hander Alex Reyes has moved into a more prominent late-inning role.
Crismatt had been optioned to the alternate site most recently this past Monday the 21st, when Giovanny Gallegos was activated. Crismatt could be recalled inside of the normally-required 10 days because he is replacing an injured teammate.
The 25-year-old rookie has pitched his way into a semi-regular role with good results in low-leverage situations. The right-hander has a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings over six appearances. Crismatt fanned eight against just one walk, but also yielded two long balls.
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