Gomber-Ponce Optioned

Following today’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that pitchers Austin Gomber and Daniel Ponce de Leon had been optioned to Memphis (AAA).

Both pitchers had been in the competition for the open spot in the starting rotation, but neither Gomber or Ponce de Leon put up the sort of numbers they would have liked this spring.

After three scoreless innings today, Ponce de Leon was touched for five runs in the 4th inning and finishes his Grapefruit League action with a record of 0-2 in five appearances (three starts) with a line of 15.1 IP, 18 hits, 15 ER, 3 HRs, 12 BBs, 12 Ks.

The left-handed Gomber started half of the four games he appeared in and also had an 0-2 record. He allowed 19 hits and 13 earned runs in 11.0 innings pitched with five walks and three strikeouts. Gomber allowed five home runs.

“I think we’ll have a decision pretty close to the last day, for sure,” answered Mike Shildt recently about when the competition for the fifth and final rotation spot.

Today’s options leave John Gant and Dakota Hudson in the mix to join starters Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.

The Cardinals now have a total of 40 players in big league camp, 31 of which are on the 40-man roster.

photo credit: Brian Stull/STLBaseballWeekly.com

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