Mayers Added to St. Louis Bullpen

(photo: Mike Mayers/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The initial move to replace starting pitcher Adam Wainwright by the St. Louis Cardinals is the addition of reliever Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis. Another change is ahead on Thursday.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to this evening’s (Wednesday) game that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Memphis (AAA) to take the 25-man roster spot that was created yesterday when the team placed right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list.

Mayers, 25, will be making his second stint with the Cardinals this season, having logged 4.0 innings in two relief appearances during his call up from June 25 to July 2.

The 6-3, 215-pound Mayers was 5-6 with a 3.49 ERA in his 19 games (15 starts) for Memphis, striking out 76 batters in 85.0 innings pitched.    His last four appearances for Memphis have all come in relief, working 5.0 scoreless innings.

Mayers (pronounced My-ers) wears uniform no. 59.

Brian Walton’s take

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Many expected that Luke Weaver would be the addition, as he was pulled from his start for Memphis Tuesday night. As it turns out, Weaver is in the Cardinals clubhouse Wednesday, but not yet activated. This interim move gives the Cardinals an extra reliever Wednesday night in Mayers.

For Weaver to make Wainwright’s start on Thursday against Arizona, another 25-man roster move will be needed prior to that game, whether it be the return of Mayers to Memphis or someone else.

The Cardinals have decided that Mayers’ future in the majors is in the bullpen and the right-hander is off to a nice start in that role at Memphis, as noted above.

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