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Shoulder injury sends Cardinals rookie Eduardo Sanchez and his 1.88 ERA to DL

Jun 17, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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Eduardo Sanchez has been fantastic for the Cardinals, quickly ascending to a prominent bullpen role by throwing 29 innings with a 1.88 ERA and 33 strikeouts, but now the 22-year-old’s rookie campaign is on hold thanks to a shoulder injury.

Sanchez left the team and traveled back to St. Louis for an MRI exam yesterday that revealed no structural damage, but the Cardinals placed him on the disabled list anyway and general manager John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that returning in 15 days is no sure thing.

Strauss writes that Mitchell Boggs, who just a couple weeks ago was demoted to the minors for the stated purpose of getting work as a starter, will be elevated into a higher-leverage bullpen role in Sanchez’s absence.

  1. thefalcon123 - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    DL Stints by Cardinals so far in 2011:
    Matt Holliday (182 OPS+): Missed 25 games with appendix and leg issues
    Allen Craig (160 OPS+): On DL with fractured kneecap)
    David Freese (143OPS+): On DL with broken hand
    Nick Punto (certainly better than Tyler Green and Skip Schumaker): On DL
    Adam Wainwright (arguably the best NL pitcher whose name isn’t Halladay): Missing entire season with Tommy John
    Kyle McClellan: just got off the DL

    This is going to be a looooooooooooooooooong season.

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