In order to make room on the 40-man roster for rookie pitcher Marco Gonzales, Cards starting pitcher Joe Kelly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and shortstop Pete Kozma was designated for assignment. Kozma was recently called up to the big leagues, but he did not make a plate appearance. Kelly (1-1, 0.59 ERA) has been nursing a left hamstring strain since mid-April, and it is important to note that transferring Kelly to the 60-day DL does not setback his recovery time, as he is still expected to return at some point in July.
In other injury news, Shelby Miller (7-6, 3.75 ERA) is expected to make his next start after leaving yesterday’s game in Colorado with back spasms. He pitched just 2.2 innings, issued five walks and allowed three earned runs.
“He seemed to be pretty confident that he’d have a good chance of being ready to go for his next start,” Matheny said.
Even though Miller believes that he will be fine, it’s still troublesome for the Cardinals considering he also left his start against the Phillies on June 19. Furthermore, starting pitchers Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha are on the 15-day DL, so losing Miller to the DL could be a crushing blow for the Cards before the All-Star break. Miller’s next planned start will be one tall task as he is slated to face off against Clayton Kershaw in LA on Sunday.