Tuivailala fired two scoreless innings in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Pirates, recording three strikeouts.
The 24-year-old right-hander has been solid since returning from Triple-A Memphis on June 13, turning in three scoreless efforts across the five innings he's pitched over his four appearances. Tuivailala was effective overall in his earlier stint with the Cardinals this season as well, making him an appealing multi-inning option that can serve as a bridge to the eighth and ninth innings.
Tuivailala was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old righty continues to go back and forth between Triple-A and the majors, as he has logged 16.1 innings for Memphis and 11 innings for St. Louis. He has obviously had more success against Triple-A hitters, and figures to be primarily used in mid-to-low-leverage spots. Paul DeJong was optioned to Memphis as a corresponding move.
Tuivailala was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Although Tuivailala has held his own with the big club this season, he'll head back to Memphis with Tyler Lyons (ribs) coming off the disabled list. The 24-year-old spun a 3.27 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 11 major league innings, so he'll remain an option should another injury crop up in the Cardinals' bullpen.
Tuivailala (2-1) gave up an earned run on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman over two innings in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Red Sox.
Tuivailala appeared to be well on his way to getting out of the 13th inning unscathed after retiring Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi to start the frame. However, a ground-rule double by Mitch Moreland led to his demise, as Chris Young was able to bloop a single into center to bring him home following an intentional walk of Jackie Bradley, Jr. It marked the second consecutive night that the 24-year-old gave up a run to the Red Sox, but he's been solid otherwise since being called up to the big-league club on May 2; even with the last pair of stumbles, Tuivailala sports a 2-1 record and 2.84 ERA over 6.1 innings across five appearances in what is his second 2017 tenure with the Cardinals.
Tuivailala (2-0) pitched a scoreless fifth inning and was credited with the win against Miami on Wednesday.
Tuivailala has tossed seven innings over six appearances and posted a 1.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 6.4 K/9. He doesn't project to climb the ladder and pitch in enough high-leverage situations to warrant fantasy attention, and this was just his third appearance since being recalled from the minors May 2.
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