The St. Louis Cardinals made a pair of roster moves before tonight’s game, activating both Luke Gregerson and Tyler Lyons from the disabled list and optioning Luke Weaver and John Brebbia to Memphis (AAA).
After a couple of rough outings, Weaver had allowed just three runs in 14 innings pitched over his last two starts and leads the Cardinals with 96 strikeouts. But he has also thrown 103 innings this season, nearing his total of 138 frames from last season.
So was this move a chance to save some innings for Weaver later in the season?
“When you look at getting Luke Gregerson back and Tyler Lyons, we had to make some roster moves so it was mostly more about roster management,” said John Mozeliak. “The fact is, we’re probably going to need him for the doubleheader so he’ll likely pitch at some point that weekend.”
The Cardinals will open their schedule after the All-Star break by playing five games in four days in Chicago against the Cubs.
Despite the option being official on July 11th, Weaver could start either on Saturday or Sunday in Wrigley as the 10-day requirement after being optioned does not apply to the 26th man rule for doubleheaders. Also the 26th man who is recalled does not have to be the same player optioned back to the minors.
As of right now, Weaver is scheduled to throw a 50-pitch start at Memphis, which would likely be Monday to stay on normal rest.
The Cardinals will still need a sixth starter to cover that stretch.
“That’s why we’re stretching out Gomber,” said Mozeliak. “And obviously Dakota Hudson would be a name too.”
In his first start for Memphis since May, Gomber moved to 6-3 with the win last night. He threw 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on six hits.
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