The Cardinals have agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Preston Guilmet, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The righty will receive an invitation to spring training and stands to make $600,000 upon reaching the majors.
Guilmet has not seen a major league mound in nearly three years, when he split the 2015 season pitching back-to-back stints for the Rays and Brewers. In fact, he’s only accumulated 23 innings at the game’s highest level, posting his best single-season numbers during a 10-inning tryout with the Orioles back in 2014.
The Cardinals are likely far more intrigued by Guilmet’s performance in Nippon Professional Baseball in 2017, during which he produced a cumulative 3.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.4 SO/9 in four starts and 24 relief appearances for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. If he can bring that kind of heat to the club’s minor league system in 2018, his next major league call-up may not be far behind.
The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.
Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.