Cardinals acquire Sean Gilmartin on outright waivers

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The Cardinals picked up left-hander Sean Gilmartin on an outright waiver claim, the club announced Sunday. Gilmartin was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier on Sunday to clear roster space for Seth Lugo, who is scheduled to make his season debut after dealing with a protracted case of elbow inflammation. The 27-year-old lefty was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

Gilmartin pitched just 3 1/3 innings in relief for the Mets this season, issuing eight hits, five runs and four strikeouts over two appearances. Shoulder pain and control issues hampered his progress in Triple-A Las Vegas, too, chaining him to a less-than-ideal 7.05 ERA through his first 37 innings. He hasn’t seen anything close to a full workload in the majors since his rookie season with the Mets in 2015, when he posted a 2.67 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 10.9 SO/9 over 57 1/3 innings between the rotation and bullpen.

Despite his struggles, Gilmartin still profiles as a decent spot starter with and could give the Cardinals some left-handed depth in the minors. He’ll help fill out a pitching staff that already features fellow left-handers Marco Gonzales, Zach Phillips, Jordan Schafer and Ryan Sherriff.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.