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 outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.