Cardinals Jack Flaherty revitalized, Junior Fernandez set

As expected, the Cardinals are back Jack Flaherty From the list of injured that lasted 60 days before this afternoon’s match with the national team. Valid Dakota Hudson Chosen for Triple-A Memphis to create an active menu spot, while providing comfort Junior Fernandez He was set for appointment to a roster shift of 40 men.

Flaherty returns to the hill of Busch Stadium for what will be his first MLS appearance since July 11. The right arm left his last start before the All-Star break with shoulder discomfort, his second shoulder absence of the year. . Flaherty’s first season appearance was delayed until June 15 due to bursitis, and the star pitcher revealed in spring training that he’s been torn in the area for years.

This was the second consecutive injury season for Flaherty, who also extended his IL spells last year due to a tilt strain and shoulder issues. He started 15 of his 17 games last season, but was limited to three in 2022. The absence seems to have certainly had a detrimental effect on Flaherty’s performance earlier this year, marked for six runs in eight rounds with nine walks and only six blows. He averaged 92.1 mph on a fastball, two points down from his 94 mph heater for 2019-20.

With a month remaining on the regular season schedule, Flaherty will have few chances to try to get back in shape. At his best, he showed ace-like potential and could be a weapon for post-season. He placed fourth on the NL Cy Young poll again in 2019, when he posted a resplendent 2.75 ERA with a strike rate of 29.9% across his top 196 1/3 innings.

St. Louis has an 8 1/2 game lead over the Brewers at NL Central, having formally dominated the division with a 25-7 record going back to the beginning of August. They still trail the NL East leaderboard 5 1/2 for the Second Friends Arena at Senior, giving them an uphill battle if they are to bid farewell in the first round. If they end up in third place in the league, they will host the final Wild Card playoffs in a three-game series. The way director Oliver Marmol Flaherty publishes in that group may depend on what he looks like under the extension. Adam Wainwright And get the deadline Jordan Montgomery She’s been great and looks like a post-season rookie, with Flaherty joining in Joseph Quintana And the fighter Miles Micholas As options for a third start.

Flaherty Hudson’s comeback from Elementary Five is affected. While St. Louis announced last week that he will be out of the fold, they will instead send him to Memphis to work from the rotation there. Rob Raines from STLSportsPage Tweets That the club is still planning to bring Hudson back to start on September 17, when the cards play a double header against the Reds. Today’s reduction allows him to exhaust the required 10 days in minors for select players, although it remains to be seen whether he will remain with the big league club at rest from that time forward or immediately return to Triple-A.

Hudson, a longtime member of the rotation, had an inconsistent 2022 campaign. He made 24 starts but posted 4.43 ERAs, hitting hitters well below average at 13.5%. Hudson’s 52.8% ballpark average is still pretty solid, but it’s down from the 56.9% he scored in his best season in 2019. He’s had a lot of tough things going in the second half of the season, holding 5.52 ERAs on 29/1 3 frames since the All-Star break.

The demotion will have no effect on Hudson from a service time perspective, even if his return 12 days from now is a one-time summons. He’s already crossed the four-year service threshold this season, which means he’s still on track to reach free agency for the first time after 2024. The cards will owe him a modest $1.05 million pay raise this year if you offer him a post-season arbitration contract.

As for Fernandez, he will now find himself on the exemption wire within the next few days. A member of the St. Louis organization since signing up as an amateur free agent in 2014, he first made it to the majors five years later. Fernandes has bounced on and off the active roster over the past four seasons, making 50 2/3 runs over 47 cumulative appearances. He only had a 5.51 ERA at the time, fanning out 19% of speculators who encountered a very high 13.1% walk.

The 6’3 kicker has a 2.93 ERA in 13 MLB appearances this season, but that has been paired with the pedestrian strike rates and walk rates he’s posted throughout his career. He was even tougher from a running-blocking perspective in Memphis, allowing more than five earned runs in all nine to 36 out-of-game appearances.

While Fernandes hasn’t had much success in MLB up to this point, his 25-year-old age may generate some interest in the waiver wire. He averaged 98.8 MPH on the heater during his big time in the league this season. He has also made players in over half of the hits against him in both Major League and Triple-A level. Any team that claims to have lost concessions can keep him in Triple-A for the rest of this season, but he will be out of options next year and will have to break camp with another team or hit the waiver wire again.

Katie Wu from Athletic Hudson first reported will be selected.