The St. Louis Cardinals have announced their acquisition of pitcher Zac Rosscup from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 5.00 ERA with 26 Ks and 19 BBs in 28 games (18 IP) this season between Seattle, Toronto, and Los Angeles.
Fourteen of his strikeouts have come against left-handed batters, which are batting .200 (7-35) against him this season. In their career, both Anthony Rizzo and Christian Yelich are 0-1 against Rosscup. Joey Votto is 0-4, with three strikeouts.
Rosscup will be assigned to Memphis (AAA).
WACHA BACK IN ROTATION??
–The next time a fifth starter is needed, Michael Wacha will have that opportunity, John Mozeliak told Anne Rogers of MLB.com.
Entering Saturday’s game in the third inning, Wacha allowed one run in 4.2 innings.
“It was a big outing for Michael,” said Mike Shildt yesterday, noting that rotation plans were still under discussion and would be announced likely on Tuesday or maybe Wednesday.
While the fifth spot may indeed go to Wacha, a lot can happen between now and then. The trade deadline is on Wednesday, which may or may not affect the rotation. Also, the Cardinals may opt to keep their existing rotation on regular rest with the day off on Friday, so a fifth starter is not immediately needed.
–After hitting home runs in six consecutive games, Paul Goldschmidt has been named the National League Player of the Week. Besides the six home runs in seven games, Goldschmidt hit .345 (10-for-29) with nine runs scored, 13 RBIs, two walks, and posted a .966 slugging percentage.
This is the third career NL Player of the Week honor for Goldschmidt and his first with St. Louis. The last Cardinal player to receive the award was Matt Carpenter in August of last year.