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John Gast exits early with shoulder injury

May 25, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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Cardinals starter John Gast exited today’s start against the Dodgers after recording just three outs. Gast walked Scott Van Slyke on five pitches to lead off the second inning before being taken out of the game with shoulder tightness, tweets Jenifer Langosch. This was the third start of the 24-year-old’s young career. He had allowed six runs in 11.1 innings prior to today’s start.

Joe Kelly relieved Gast, retiring the three Dodgers he faced in the second inning. Kelly is one option to replace Gast if the injury requires a stint on the disabled list. Prospect Michael Wacha is another option. Wacha, who turns 22 on July 1, has a 2.05 ERA in 52.2 innings with Triple-A Memphis.

Gast joins teammates Chris Carpenter, Jason Motte, Jake Westbrook, Jaime Garcia, and Fernando Salas as Cardinal pitchers to succumb to injury issues through the first eight weeks of the season.

  1. Gamera the Brave - May 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Who is John Gast?

  2. amploud - May 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I’ll probably always call him “John Galt.”

  3. spudchukar - May 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Wacha. He isn’t on the 40-man roster, but someone should be sacrificed for his inclusion. Blazek is another option, but he has never pitched above AA.

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