Mike Leake (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list, recalling reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A.

The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Mike Leake on the 15-day disabled list, recalling reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Monday) that they have placed right-handed pitcher Mike Leake (shingles) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22.  Left-handed reliever Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Memphis (AAA) and will join the team for tonight’s series opener in Milwaukee.

http://www.scout.com/player/132821-mike-leake?s=321

Kiekhefer, who is being recalled for a third time this season by the Cardinals, has appeared in 15 games with St. Louis, totaling 14.0 innings pitched (0-0, 4.50 ERA).  The 27-year-old Kentucky native is unscored upon in his last seven appearances (5.0 IP) with the Cardinals dating to June 3.

At Memphis, Kiekhefer has compiled a 6-1 mark with a 2.08 ERA, two saves and six Holds in 29 games (34.2 IP).   He’s limited left-handed batters at the triple-A level to a .192 opponent’s batting average this season.

http://www.scout.com/player/92131-dean-kiekhefer?s=321

Kiekhefer wears uniform no. 60.

Leake, who worked 7.0 scoreless innings in a 9-0 win at Philadelphia on August 21, is 9-9 with a 4.56 ERA in 25 starts this season.

 

Brian Walton’s take

Leake becomes St. Louis’ eighth pitcher currently on the disabled list, not counting 40-man hurlers Marco Gonzales and Tim Cooney, officially optioned to Memphis. The others are Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, Mitch Harris, Tyler Lyons and Jordan Walden.  

With rookie Luke Weaver already pressed into starting duty for Wacha, Alex Reyes is next up, having taken Leake’s most recent turn in the rotation and pitching 4 2/3 innings on Saturday. What is unknown is how long Leake will be out. The Cardinals are going to be more careful with Reyes’ innings compared to Weaver, who spent the first two months of the season on the DL. Though Reyes was suspended during most of the same period, he continued to pitch in extended spring training games.

The Cards could use upcoming days off to periodically skip one or both of the rookies, however, both Adam Wainwright and Jaime Garcia are scuffling, leaving Carlos Martinez as the only dependable veteran starting option. Any extra rest might be better absorbed by the veterans.

Kiekhefer, who has been up and down numerous times this season, was almost assuredly going to be promoted in one week when Memphis’ season will end. This just moved it up a few days and with the Redbirds eliminated from post-season play, there is no doubt where the greater need exists.

Kiekhefer will return to being the third lefty in the St. Louis pen, along with Seth Maness and Zach Duke. Memphis has not announced its roster replacement for Kiekhefer.

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