The St. Louis Cardinals will take advantage of the 26th man provision for doubleheaders and recall lefty Dean Kiekhefer for Game 2 against the Padres tonight.
Taking advantage of a Major League Baseball provision that allows teams to add a 26th man for a day-night doubleheader, the St. Louis Cardinals will recall lefthanded reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Because the MLB rule states that the doubleheader must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance for the 26th man to be eligible for the entirety of the doubleheader, Kiekhefer will only be allowed to participate in Game 2 (which seems better anyway, considering that he’ll have to travel from El Paso, Texas, where the Redbirds are currently playing, to St. Louis).
Kiekhefer, who made his major-league debut on May 14 of this year, pitched in 11 games with the big-league club, posting a 5.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and .267 opponent batting average. But when tasked with doing what he does best–getting lefties out–Kiekhefer was effective, holding lefthanded hitters to a .174 average and 0.79 WHIP over 6 1/3 innings.
After they added Miguel Socolovich to the major-league roster yesterday, the Cardinals will now temporarily have nine pitchers in the bullpen for tonight’s matchup with the San Diego Padres. The Cardinals’ top two relievers, Kevin Siegrist and Seung-Hwan Oh, appeared just once each over the weekend, so Mike Matheny might not need to dig too deep into the ‘pen today unless the starting pitchers get roughed around.