GUILMET PURCHASED FROM MEMPHIS (AAA), GREG GARCIA ON PATERNITY LEAVE
ST. LOUIS, MO – June 5, 2018–The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener with Miami that they have activated All-Stars Yadier Molina and Carlos Martínez from the 10-day disabled list.
The Cardinals also announced today that right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet has been purchased from Memphis and infielder Greg Garcia has been placed on the paternity list. The Cardinals optioned catcher Carson Kelly to Memphis following Sunday’s game and today they optioned right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers to the triple-A club. Memphis catcher Steven Baron has been designated for assignment to make room for Guilmet on the team’s 40-man Major League roster.
Molina, out since May 5 with a pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma, missed 26 games. He played two games this past weekend for the Springfield Cardinals (AA) on an injury rehabilitation assignment, catching five innings on Saturday and eight innings on Sunday. Molina was batting .272 with 6 HR’s & 17 RBI in 30 games played at the time of his injury.
Martínez, who made his last appearance for the Cardinals on May 8, was leading the National League with his 1.62 ERA at the time of his injury (right lat strain), going 3-2 in eight starts. He worked 4.0 innings in an injury rehab starting assignment for Springfield last Thursday (May 31) and will make the start for the Cardinals tonight.
Guilmet, 30, was signed by the Cardinals as a minor league free agent in January after having spent the 2017 season pitching (1-1, 3.62 ERA) for the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. The 6-2, 217-pound reliever has a career mark of 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA in 19 games in the majors with Cleveland (2013), Baltimore (2014), Tampa Bay (2015) and Milwaukee (2015).
In 21 relief appearances for Memphis this season, Guilmet is 0-0 with a 0.93 ERA and a league-leading 11 saves. He’s struck out 35 in 29.0 innings pitched and walked just five, holding opposing right-handed hitters to a .094 average (5-for-53) and lefties to a .103 mark (4-for-39). When facing batters with runners in scoring position, he’s allowed just one hit in 18 at-bats for a .056 mark and he’s stranded 11 of 14 inherited runners for the year.
Guilmet has been assigned uniform no. 58.