Siegrist was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday. Siegrist has been battling mono for the past two weeks but it appears he is back to full health and is now making his return to the Cardinals. Sam Tuivailala was optioned to Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding roster move. Before landing on the DL, Siegrist had been one of St. Louis' most reliable relievers, compiling a 2.66 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 23.2 innings since the start of May.
Siegrist, who was placed on the disabled list with mono, is expected to be activated by the Cardinals on Friday, Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly reports. This is great news for Cardinals, as Siegrist will join Tyler Lyons as the only other lefty in the St. Louis bullpen. On the season, Siegrist owns a 2.78 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of relief work. He is expected to return to his normal setup role with the Cardinals ahead of new closer Seung Hwan Oh. Siegrist will remain valuable in leagues with holds as a category and still remains a candidate to close games for the Cardinals in the second half.
Siegrist (illness) was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday due to mononucleosis, retroactive to Thursday. The southpaw recently pitched Wednesday against the Royals, striking out one during an inning of work, and has been a solid contributor out of the Cardinals' bullpen all season. Unfortunately, Siegrist will now be disabled until after the All-Star Break with his illness. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis on Friday.
Siegrist's one walk was his sole blemish in an eighth inning appearance, holding a 4-3 lead against the Cubs on Tuesday. The scoreless eighth was Siegrist's sixth hold of the season. Also of note for Siegrist owners was another shaky performance from closer Trevor Rosenthal, who allowed multiple baserunners again while earning a second consecutive save against the Cubs. While the closer job remains Rosenthal's for now, Siegrist continues to perform well with a 2.79 ERA.
Siegrist pitched one inning, retiring the three batters he faced, in Sunday's victory over Pittsburgh. Sunday's outing saw Siegrist bring his ERA and WHIP down to 2.52 and 0.92. Thus far, he's posting a career-low walk rate of 7.2 percent, while putting up a fantastic 30.9 percent strikeout rate. Siegrist has been excelling at home, where he's allowed just one run over the course of 13 innings.