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The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list and called up top pitching prospect Luke Weaver.

The St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list and called up top pitching prospect Luke Weaver.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of rookie right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver to make the start in today’s (Saturday’s) 1:20 p.m., game against the Chicago Cubs.

Outfielder Matt Holliday has been placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to August 12 with a thumb fracture suffered in Thursday night’s game.

Weaver, 22, has made 38 career minor league starts and holds a 15-9 record with a 1.78 ERA over 197.2 innings pitched (39 ER).  He has struck out 192 batters and walked just 35 in those starts.

The 6-2, 170-pound Weaver began the 2016 season on the disabled list after a wrist injury suffered during spring training sidelined him until June.  He joined the roster of Double-A Springfield where he made 12 starts and allowed only 12 ER in his 77.0 IP (1.40 ERA), compiling a 6-3 record. He was promoted to Memphis (AAA) where he made one start, this past Monday at New Orleans, and earned the win giving up just two singles over 6.0 scoreless innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

The DeLand, Fla., native attended Florida State University and was selected by the Cardinals with their 1st round draft pick (27th player overall) in 2014.  

Weaver becomes the 11th Cardinals starting pitcher to make his Major League debut at Wrigley Field and the first since Adam Ottavino in 2010.  He’ll be aiming to become the first to record a win in a debut start at the “Friendly Confines” since Andy Rincon did so in a complete game win on Sept. 15, 1980.

Weaver will wear No. 62.


Brian Walton’s take

Holliday makes the third Cardinal to hit the disabled list in the last five days, joining Michael Wacha and Matt Adams.

The loss of Holliday could prove especially damaging for an offense that lacks few consistent hitters. Despite his on-base percentage being down this season (.318 vs. career .382), the 36-year-old has been productive, with his 19 home runs tied with Brandon Moss for the team lead and his 60 RBI just two behind Stephen Piscotty for first on the club.

Even before the injury, the Cardinals were rumored to be on the look for outfield help.

With these moves, the Cardinals are going with 13 pitchers and just 12 position players, at least temporarily, the day after the staff was gored for 13 runs by Cubs hitters.

Since the Weaver move had been announced several days ago, there seems little to add at this point, other than Alex Reyes having not pitched since Wednesday could place him among the potential long relievers should Weaver struggle on Saturday.

With the recently-recalled Reyes wearing #61, it only seems fitting that Weaver is assigned #62. The latter was last worn by non-roster invitee Deck McGuire in spring training and reliever Nick Greenwood prior to that.

The Cardinals moved reliever Tyler Lyons from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list effective Friday as the necessary 40-man roster move to accommodate the addition of Weaver.

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