St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Seth Maness (right elbow strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 14, and recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Memphis (AAA).
Maness, who missed time while on the disabled list earlier this season (May 13-June 18) due to right elbow inflammation, is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 29 relief appearances (31.2 IP). He had a career-best 14.1 scoreless inning streak over 11 appearances from July 9 to August 12.
Tuivailala is joining the Cardinals for the second time this season. He allowed three runs in 3.0 IP with three strikeouts in four relief appearances from July 3-26. The 23-year-old Tuivailala is 3-2 with a 5.44 ERA in 39 games (43. 0 IP) for Memphis, striking out 66 and walking just 19. He ranks T3rd in the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves.
Maness becomes the 12th Cardinal since July 1 to have gone on the disabled list. Others who have also spent time on the D.L. during that time period include Kevin Siegrist, Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter, Brayan Pena, Jhonny Peralta, Trevor Rosenthal, Aledmys Diaz, Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams and Matt Holliday.
Despite the rash of injuries over the past two months, the Cardinals have been able to maintain a winning mark (22-18; .550 win pct.) during that time period.
Brian Walton’s take
The three young relievers who have carried the bullpen load for the Cardinals in recent years are continuing to struggle with injury this year. Trevor Rosenthal may or may not return this season and while Kevin Siegrist is back from his DL stint, it is with decreased velocity, fewer strikeouts and more home runs allowed. Though the lefty was removed from his most recent appearance on Sunday night after facing just two hitters due to an apparent injury, Siegrist was checked out and remains active.
While Maness did have the recent scoreless streak mentioned above, he has not seemed as sharp this season. His walks are at a career high (2.3 per nine innings) and his strikeouts, never a key part of his game, are at a career low rate (4.5 per nine).
Memphis has not yet announced a roster replacement for Tuivailala.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Cardinals disclosed that Maness will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Thursday, with a rehab following that is typically approximately 12 months in duration.
In addition, outfielder Matt Holliday will have Wednesday surgery to correct his right thumb fracture. The recovery time is unclear, but there is a chance he could return by the end of the season. Holliday was injured on Thursday when hit by a pitch from Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery.
Catcher Brayan Pena and reliever Jordan Walden will begin their respective rehabs with the high-A Palm Beach Cardinals. Pena’s start date will be Friday, with Walden following on Sunday.
Pena has been out with a knee injury since July 6, having played in just four games this season. That is still more than Walden, who suffered a lat strain in spring training and has been out ever since. Both players are currently on the 60-day disabled list.
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