For the fifth time in the past week, the St. Louis Cardinals have moved a player to the disabled list as today catcher Carson Kelly was placed on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain. Retroactive to May 16th, Kelly follows Carlos Martinez (right lat strain), Tyler Lyons (mid back strain), Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation), and Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement).
“Obviously, that’s never ideal,” said John Mozeliak, President of Baseball Operations. “Some of them are more about just trying to be smart, others are things we are still learning about.”
Falling into the category of still learning about is Carlos Martinez–who had an MRI earlier today, but the full results are not expected until later tonight or tomorrow.
“A lot of people are questioning why we thought he’d be ready this weekend and why he’s not–a lot of times, it’s just more preventative in terms of making sure that we’re not rushing back,” said Mozeliak. “We just wanted a little more clarity before we give him that green light to move forward.”
With Kelly being placed on the DL, the Cardinals did not have another catcher on the 40-man roster so they purchased the contract of Steve Baron from Memphis (AAA). To make room for Baron, Wainwright was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day disabled list.
“It’s clearly hitting the pause button,” began Mozeliak. “He’ll receive some additional testing tomorrow. Hopefully, we’ll have a little more clarity on what this really means and what that looks like. Once you get put on the 60, it does take a little bit of the pressure off to try to push this too quickly. Now we can take a little bit of a deep breath and then see where he’s at. My conversation with him is he still wants to contribute to this club and knows that he might be part of that second half push.”
As of right now, the MRI and some bone testing has proven inclusive in determining what is causing the discomfort for Wainwright, who will not be eligible to come off the disabled list until July 12th.
“He understood,” continued Mozeliak on the transfer to the 60-day DL. “I don’t know that we would have had to do that if we didn’t have to make a roster move, but it might have been something we might have done a couple weeks later.”
A self-admitting advocate for Wainwright, Mozeliak answered he would “never bet against Waino” in terms of pitching again this season.
With both Martinez and Wainwright out of the rotation, John Gant and Jack Flaherty will continue to fill those spots.
“I would anticipate that they do get their starts,” said Mozeliak. “With Reyes starting Saturday in Springfield, he’ll probably have one more rehab and then determine what makes sense for him too. So I would say, Gant and Flaherty though right now are part of the rotation.”
Alex Reyes is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on May 28th.
The full assessment on Luke Gregerson has also yet to be realized, although Mozeliak shared he did not expect the situation to be season-ending. Dominic Leone, out since May 5th with nerve irritation his right arm, will undergo more testing tomorrow. Tyler Lyons is expected to head out for a rehab assignment on Saturday.
photo credit: Jake Roth, Charles LeClaire, Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports