Cardinals pitcher Steve Cishek was unable to complete an inning's work Monday, retiring two hitters and walking three before being removed in a 3-0 win over the Pirates. Cishek's control completely eluded him Monday night; after walks to two of the first three hitters he faced, a free pass to pinch-hitter Michael Morse brought an end to the 29-year-old's night. Few players have seen their fantasy stock fall as far as Cishek in 2015. Beginning the year as Miami's closer, the sidewinder has since been relegated to a middle relief role with the Cardinals after a surprise demotion to Double-A. While Cishek owns a 2.18 ERA as a member of the Cardinals, a 1.44 WHIP will make him difficult to use in high-leverage situations this postseason.
The Marlins traded former closer Steve Cishek to the Cardinals, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Marlins acquired Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough in exchange for Cishek, according to the Miami Herald. Cishek began the season as the Marlins closer before being removed from the role in mid-May. He was then demoted to the minors in early June as he continued to struggle. The right-hander spent just a few weeks in the minors before being recalled in mid-June. Since his return, he has gone 1-1 with a 0.71 ERA and three holds in 13 outings. He also has 11 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings in that span.
The Cardinals are looking into acquiring pitcher Steve Cishek from the Marlins, reports the Miami Herald. Cishek lost his closer's role after struggling at the beginning of the season. He is 2-6 with a 4.65 ERA over 31 innings of work.
Marlins reliever Steve Cishek 's time in the minor leagues was relatively short-lived. The team is has recalled the right-hander from Double-A after Friday's game against the Rockies. Cishek was demoted to Jacksonville on June 1, and made four scoreless appearances with the Suns. "From all the reports we have he went down and he worked on exactly what needed to be corrected," manager Dan Jennings said, per the Miami Herald. "This team needs Steve Cishek to do what he's capable of doing." The team is also activated Mat Latos from the disabled list, while optioning right-handers Kendry Flores and Andre Rienzo to Triple-A New Orleans, the team announced.
Marlins reliever Steve Cishek will work on his mechanical issues with a familiar face down in Double-A Jacksonville. Catcher Jeff Mathis was sent from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville over the weekend to continue his rehab assignment. He'll likely catch Cishek until he is fully recovered from a right-hand fracture that has kept him on the disabled list since April 13. Cishek will work multiple innings will he iron things out in the minors. "I think that will be very helpful and beneficial because Matty's caught him so much," manager Dan Jennings said, per the Miami Herald. "Matty knows what to look for and what to expect. He'll be a good sounding board for him."