Duke (elbow) plans to pitch this season and hopes to return in late July or early August, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports. This is a lofty goal considering he underwent Tommy John surgery in October, but this development would suggest that Duke is progressing through his rehab quicker than initially expected. No word has come out about what his progress actually is, but that should come forth once he makes another significant step in his return.
Duke (elbow) was placed on the 60-day DL on Wednesday. He was already ruled out for 2017 due to Tommy John surgery, so this was simply a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Eric Fryer's contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis as a corresponding move.
Duke underwent Tommy John surgery and had his flexor muscle repaired last week, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports. He is expected to miss the 2017 season. This news came out of nowhere, as Duke wasn't even known to be dealing with any injuries at the conclusion of the regular season. He is a free agent after the 2017 season, so this is a huge blow for him personally, but he should recover in time to work out for teams prior to the start of the 2018 season in hopes of earning another contract.
Duke picked up a one-out save, his first, in Tuesday's extra-innings win against the Brewers. The Cardinals went to Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth in a tie game, leaving manager Mike Matheny to play matchups after St. Louis took the lead in the 10th. Even though the Brewers pinch-hit with right-hander Manny Pina, Duke managed to pick up the strikeout and finish the game. Expect Duke to be more of a LOOGY type down the stretch, but he can get a righty out if he needs to.
Duke was acquired by the Cardinals on Sunday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Duke will provide the Cardinals with a left-handed arm in the bullpen in exchange for minor-league outfielder Charlie Tilson. The 33-year-old Duke has a long career in baseball as both a starter and reliever, but has really came on of late, posting a 1.71 ERA and .197 opponent batting average over 21 innings since May 27.
Last 7 Games