Guilmet A “Go-To-Guy”

Besides activating Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina from the disabled list this afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals also added a new arm to their bullpen–purchasing the contract of Preston Guilmet from Memphis (AAA).

“It’s just a great opportunity and good experience to come up here and be with the guys again,” smiled Guilmet. “Pretty excited. I’ve heard great things about this place and it’s actually my first time here, so I’m excited.”

A veteran of 19 MLB games during the 2013-15 seasons with Cleveland, Baltimore, Tampa, and Milwaukee the 30-year old right-hander signed as a free agent this off-season with St. Louis. He spent last season pitching in Japan for the Yakult Swallows.

Unlike Miles Mikolas, who also pitched in Japan, Guilmet didn’t have to go through the same adjustment process when he returned to the game here.

“I was only over there for one year, while Miles had a few more years over there,” said Guilmet. “I had a little tough time adjusting over there, so to come back over here and pick up what I learned over there and bring it back here I think is really big.”

In 21 relief appearances for Memphis this season, Guilmet is 0-0 with a 0.93 ERA with 35 Ks in 29.0 innings of work. His 11 saves are tops in the league and he with the help of his split-fingered fastball, has held opposing right-handed hitters to a .094 average (5-for-53) and lefties to a .103 mark (4-for-39). The numbers are even better when facing batters with runners in scoring position, as Guilmet has allowed just one hit in 18 at-bats for a .056 mark and he’s stranded 11 of 14 inherited runners for the year.

“He’s been their go-to-guy,” said Mike Matheny. “You could tell with the stuff that he had through spring, well-placed fastball, the split’s going to be a game-changer for him. That’s why he’s been able to have the success he has. He can throw it any count, he’s throwing it for strikes, he’s getting chase from the righties and from the lefties.”

Guilmet last threw on Sunday and shared that he is conditioned like all Memphis relievers to go for six outs–but smiled as he assured he could put another inning on top of that if needed.

TOMMY JOHN FOR SHERRIFF??

–It appears that the season has come to an end for pitcher Ryan Sherriff. The left-hander posted a picture on Instagram of himself in a bed at the Kerlin-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic with the description that he had undergone Tommy John surgery.

Shortly thereafter, the post was taken down and the Cardinals issued a statement that they had “no official comment on his status at this time”.

Sherriff opened the season on the Cardinals 25-man roster, but suffered a broken toe which kept him out of action for about a month. He was optioned to Memphis (AAA) on May 8th and hasn’t pitched in Memphis since May 17th, when he issued a walk to the one batter he faced in the 6th inning. He was placed on the disabled list the next day.

photo credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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