Mayers Next Cardinals Pitcher to Hit DL

photo: Mike Mayers (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images)

St. Louis Cardinals press release

Mike Mayers (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Sunday) they have placed right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers (MY-ers) on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.  Right-handed relief pitcher Dominic Leone has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and left-handed pitcher Ryan Sherriff has been granted his outright release.

Mayers, 26, was removed from last night’s game in Colorado after facing three batters.  He appeared in 42 games, ranking 14th among Major League Baseball rookie pitchers in games pitched in 2018, posting a 2-1 record with a 4.14 ERA, striking out 42 batters in 45.1 innings pitched with six holds and a save.

Dominic Leone (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Leone, 26, missed 98 games with right upper arm nerve irritation since May 5.  He made 10 injury rehabilitation assignment appearances with Memphis (AAA) recording a 1-1 record with a 7.20 ERA covering 10.0 innings with seven strikeouts.  Prior to his injury, Leone was 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 16 appearances with the Cardinals striking out 15 over 13.0 innings with four Holds.

Sherriff, 28, made 18 appearances over his two years with the St. Louis Cardinals posting a 2-1 record and a 4.05 ERA in 20 innings with 18 strikeouts.

Leone will be active with the Cardinals for their game against the Rockies in Denver today.

Brian Walton’s take

Ryan Sherriff (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Rather than promote Sherriff and then place him on the 60-day disabled list to clear a 40-man roster spot, the Cardinals made the decision to cut ties altogether with the lefty.

On May 18, Sherriff was placed on Memphis’ DL for the second time this season and had elbow surgery shortly after, officially ending his 2018 season.

Sherriff originally joined the Cardinals as their 28th round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The left side of St. Louis’ bullpen remains unsettled with Chasen Shreve and Brett Cecil plus Tyler Webb in reserve at Memphis. No other lefties are currently on the 40-man roster, which remains full. An additional spot will be needed this coming week for the return of Adam Wainwright.

Five of seven St. Louis players on the DL are pitchers – Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, Luke Gregerson, Wainwright and Mayers, along with outfielders Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna.

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