ST. LOUIS (News release) – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have placed right-handed pitcher Seth Maness (right elbow strain) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 14, and recalled right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala from Memphis (AAA).
Maness, who missed time while on the disabled list earlier this season (May 13-June 18) due to right elbow inflammation, is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 29 relief appearances (31.2 IP). He had a career-best 14.1 scoreless inning streak over 11 appearances from July 9 to August 12.
Tuivailala is joining the Cardinals for the second time this season. He allowed three runs in 3.0 IP with three strikeouts in four relief appearances from July 3-26. The 23-year-old Tuivailala is 3-2 with a 5.44 ERA in 39 games (43. 0 IP) for Memphis, striking out 66 and walking just 19. He ranks T3rd in the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves.
Maness becomes the 12th Cardinal since July 1 to have gone on the disabled list. Others who have also spent time on the D.L. during that time period include Kevin Siegrist, Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter, Brayan Pena, Jhonny Peralta, Trevor Rosenthal, Aledmys Diaz, Tyler Lyons, Michael Wacha, Matt Adams and Matt Holliday.
Despite the rash of injuries over the past two months, the Cardinals have been able to maintain a winning mark (22-18; .550 win pct.) during that time period.