Wainwright to DL, Stanley to St. Louis

Until Adam Wainwright’s rotation spot comes up, the Cardinals will go with an extra catcher, Cody Stanley.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his left Achilles and left ankle. Catcher Cody Stanley has been recalled from Memphis (AAA).

Wainwright, 33, injured his left lower ankle and Achilles during his at-bat in the top of the 5th during Saturday night’s game at Milwaukee. He had pitched 4.0 shutout innings against the Brewers, facing the minimum, while allowing four hits and striking out four. Wainwright has a 2-1 record, 1.44 ERA in four 2015 starts.

This is Stanley’s first appearance with the Major League club, and he will be making his Major League debut in his first game appearance. The Clinton, N.C. native had appeared in 15 games for Memphis, seven behind the plate, and was batting .216 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Stanley, 26, was drafted in the 4th Round (139th overall) of the 2010 June Amateur draft by St. Louis out of University of North Carolina - Wilmington.

Brian Walton’s take: With Wainwright’s rotation turn not coming up until Thursday, the Cardinals decided to go with an extra position player in the interim in Stanley. Both he and Ed Easley at Memphis are on the 40-man roster with the latter having come up for his MLB debut from three days earlier in the month, but Easley did not see any game action.

Despite news from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that Wainwright’s injury may be season-ending, the Cardinals have rotation choices.

Options for Wainwright’s next start, due this Thursday, may include long reliever Carlos Villanueva, Triple-A starters Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney plus Marco Gonzales.

Based on his strong spring showing, the latter would seem to be the front-runner, except that a pectoral muscle injury suffered one week ago puts his immediate availability in doubt. Even before the Wainwright injury, it seemed Gonzales would probably miss two starts for Memphis.

Of course, Jaime Garcia would be the most obvious choice, but his return from injury is expected to be farther in the future. The lefty is rehabbing in Florida.

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