The Cardinals announced that starter Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left hamstring. Pitcher Ryan Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
Wainwright, 37, strained his hamstring while running the bases in the fifth inning of Sunday’s start against the Cubs. The right-hander has pitched to a 4.46 ERA with a 61/31 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings this season.
It is not clear yet who will take Wainwright’s spot in the rotation while he’s on the mend. Michael Wacha, who recently moved to the bullpen and Genesis Cabrera, who was recently demoted to Triple-A, are options, as are Daniel Ponce de Leon and Alex Reyes.
Helsley, 24, has been yo-yoed between the majors and minors a few times already this season. In 10 major league innings of relief thus far, the righty has yielded three runs on four hits and five walks with 11 strikeouts.
Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.
It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.
All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.
All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.
UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: