ROOKIE PITCHER JUNIOR FERNANDEZ OPTIONED
ST. LOUIS, MO., August 22, 2019 –The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they recalled right-handed relieverDominic Leone from Memphis (AAA). Rookie right-hander Junior Fernandez, who worked 2.0 scoreless innings last night, has been optioned to Memphis.
Leone, 27, will be making his fourth stint with the Cardinals, already appearing in 28 games earlier this season with 35 strikeouts in 29.0 innings pitched. Leone was optioned to Memphis most recently on July 20, and in 10 games following that option, he’s allowed just one run in 12.1 innings (0.73 ERA) with 23 strikeouts and just two walks.
Fernandez, 22, made his Major League debut on August 11, and in five games with the Cardinals, he fanned seven batters in 5.0 innings and allowed two runs.