photo: Angel Rondon (St. Louis Cardinals)
St. Louis Cardinals press release
Prior to this afternoon’s game (Saturday, June 5), St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have placed left-handed pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim (right lower back stiffness) and outfielder Justin Williams (neck stiffness) on the 10-day Injured List. Williams’ injury is retroactive to June 3.
The team also announced that it has recalled from Memphis (AAA) rookie right-handed pitcher Angel Rondón (pronounced ahn-HELL ron-DOHN) and first baseman/outfielder John Nogowski.
Rondón, 23, who will be making his Major League debut with his first game appearance, has appeared in five games (4 starts) for Memphis this season. The 6-1, 210-pound Rondón has allowed just one earned run in his last two starts, covering 9.0 innings pitched for the Redbirds. The Higuey, Dominican Republic native was the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019 while splitting time at Palm Beach (A) and Springfield (AA).
Nogowski, who opened the 2021 season on the big league roster, has appeared in 15 games for the Cardinals this season. In 20 games for Memphis, Nogowski has produced a .268 batting mark with 3 HR’s & 11 RBI. He went 3-for-5 with a homer and 2 RBI in Memphis’ walk-off win over Toledo last night.
Rondón wears uniform no. 55 and Nogowski no. 34.
The Cardinals currently have 10 players on the Injured List, including six pitchers.
Brian Walton’s take
On Friday evening after Kim was injured, I pointed out the Cardinals’ dilemma – a shortage of pitchers ready to help the major league roster.
The #stlcards injuries have them in a roster bind. They have no 40-man roster relievers left in Memphis. 40-man starters are Angel Rondon (5.32 ERA) & Bernardo Flores Jr. (4.60). One 40-man spot is open. Non-roster possibles include Tommy Parsons (5.40) and Austin Warner (4.26).
— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) June 5, 2021
With the addition of Rondon, the club kept its 40-man spot open for other potential uses. It is unclear how the Cardinals plan to fill Kim’s rotation spot.
Two days ago, Williams reported a stiff neck and was unavailable the last few games. No word on how long he is expected to be out.
Williams is slashing a mediocre .160/.270/.261/.531 in 137 plate appearances. Tommy Edman has been starting in his place in right field with Matt Carpenter coming off the bench to play second.
While St. Louis remains at full strength with 26 active players, Memphis is now down to just 22 and Double-A Springfield has just 24. (Both minor league clubs are allowed up to 28 active each.)
The Triple-A Redbirds have seven of its own players on the IL, including four outfielders. Between St. Louis, Memphis and Springfield, seven outfielders are officially out of action currently.
Shortstop Paul DeJong is opening his rehab assignment with Memphis by playing Saturday and Sunday and again starting Tuesday. The 27-year old should be activated by St. Louis by mid-week.
DeJong has been on the injured list since May 14 due to a non-displaced rib fracture. The right-handed hitter’s slash line is .177/.277/.371/.648 across 141 plate appearances this season.
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