The Cardinals placed left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to Aug. 16, with a left elbow strain. The club called up right-hander Fernando Salas from Triple-A Memphis to take Reyes’ roster spot.
The move is not necessarily an indication of any worsening in Reyes’ condition. The veteran played catch again on Tuesday, just as he did Monday, and reported that it went well. But it had become clear that even if Reyes continued to progress, he wouldn’t be able to pitch in a game for at least a few more days. Given that he will be eligible to be activated in one week, on Aug. 31, it made sense to call up the extra reliever to cover his spot for those next seven days.
Reyes, 33, has a 3.94 ERA in 50 appearances for St. Louis this year. He has struck out 24 against 18 walks in 32 innings.
This marks Salas’ sixth stint with the Cardinals this season. He’s pitched 14 1/3 innings at the Major League level, posting a 2.51 ERA with 13 strikeouts and five walks.