The question of who the St. Louis Cardinals will start on the mound on Sunday has been answered. It will not be Alex Reyes or Luke Weaver or even Carlos Martinez. Matt Bowman and Tyler Lyons are out of the picture, too, having been used up in Friday’s 16-inning game.
For Sunday’s spot start, needed due to Wednesday’s doubleheader, the club will call up right-hander Mike Mayers (pronounced My-ers) from Triple-A Memphis.
Mayers will pitch with one extra day of rest, as he had been scheduled to start for Memphis in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Cardinals have not yet announced their corresponding 25-man roster move as they had no reason to do it a day early. They have an opening on the 40-man due to the departure of catcher Michael McKenry last week.
Mayers, St. Louis’ third-round selection in the 2013 Draft, began the season with Double-A Springfield, where he logged a 2.30 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 17 walks in 54 2/3 innings and nine starts. Since joining Memphis, the 24-year-old has a 2.94 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 19 walks in 52 innings over nine starts as well.
The former Ole Miss star had been among The Cardinal Nation’s top 40 prospects in 2015 before his season was scuttled by thoracic outlet surgery.
When Mayers takes the mound Sunday night in front of a national audience on ESPN, St. Louis will be the last of the 30 MLB teams to use a starting pitcher other than their original five.
Sunday update - Socolovich down, Meyers up
The corresponding roster move on Sunday was St. Louis optioning out reliever Miguel Socolovich. The right-hander made two relief appearances while with St. Louis, including most recently two scoreless innings Saturday night against the Dodgers, and on July 21 when he tied his career best with three strikeouts but gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings against the Padres.
Mayers was assigned uniform number 59, last worn by catcher Eric Fryer.
My guess is that Meyers will return to Memphis following Sunday's game with a reliever joining the Cardinals in New York. Sam Tuivailala and Dean Kiekhefer are the usual suspects.
Sunday update - Arturo active
The Triple-A Redbirds may have lost a starter in Mayers, but they got another back on Sunday with the activation of Arturo Reyes.
Reyes, 24, missed just over a month from the Pacific Coast League schedule. In the last week, he made two rehab appearances in the Gulf Coast League, allowing three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. Through 13 starts for Memphis, Reyes has a 5.35 ERA.
The right-hander made the start for Memphis on Sunday.
Sunday update - Cooney resolution
Out since spring training, Memphis left-hander Tim Cooney had been rehabbing his sore shoulder for the last four months. On Sunday, the Cardinals disclosed to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch that Cooney has been diagnosed with a Bennett lesion, and will require shoulder surgery. The organization expects him to be recovered by start of 2017 spring training camp.
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