Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed on Friday night that right-hander P.J. Walters is on his way to St. Louis to join the team on Saturday afternoon. Mozeliak said that the club has not yet determined who will be placed on the disabled list to accommodate Walters.
The options are starter Brad Penny, who left Friday’s win over the Angels with a right lat strain, and reliever Blake Hawksworth, who is sidelined due to a sore right groin. The club will determine which player will be shelved on Saturday morning after further evaluation of the two injured players’ situation.
Saturday would be Walters’ day to pitch Triple-A Memphis, which is playing at Sacramento this weekend. So he will be available to pitch multiple innings in relief over the weekend. Any decisions beyond that remain a bit hazy. Walters could take Penny’s next turn in the rotation, or the Cardinals could look to Adam Ottavino to take that job.