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.
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.