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The St. Louis Cardinals positioned lefty Kwang Hyun Kim on the injured record due to a kidney ailment on Saturday, a day earlier than his subsequent scheduled begin. Kim, who’s optimistic about returning this season, visited the emergency room on Friday after experiencing stomach ache, per Anne Rogers of MLB.com. Reliever Andrew Miller was activated in a corresponding transfer.

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Kwang Hyun Kim

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ERA.83

WHIP.92

IP21.2

BB6

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Kim, a 32-year-old rookie by means of South Korea, had been one of many Cardinals’ best gamers by way of this level within the season. He had collected an 0.83 ERA and had restricted opponents to a single dwelling run in 21 innings. Kim hadn’t proven a capability to overlook bats along with his upper-80s fastball and slider (he had struck out simply 4.6 batters per 9), however he had proven an considerable expertise for limiting the standard of contact made in opposition to him. In response to Statcast, he was within the 72nd percentile in exit velocity and within the 89th in hard-hit proportion.

St. Louis now has three starters on the injured record: Kim, Miles Mikolas (forearm pressure) and Carlos Martinez (COVID-19), who is predicted to return on Tuesday. The Cardinals’ rotation depth was already being examined by the quantity of doubleheaders the membership has performed to atone for his or her prolonged absence earlier this yr as a consequence of a COVID-19 outbreak. To wit, the Cardinals will play two on Saturday, on Tuesday after which once more on Thursday. 

Because it stands, the Cardinals’ rotation consists of Jack Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, Dakota Hudson, and Johan Oviedo. Daniel Ponce de Leon, Alex Reyes and Jake Woodford have additionally acquired begins, and are presumably candidates to get the nod this week. 

The Cardinals entered Saturday’s twinbill in opposition to the Chicago Cubs with a 14-15 file, good for a share of second place within the Nationwide League Central. Below the expanded postseason guidelines, each first- and second-place finisher qualifies for the playoffs.

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