Whitley fired two perfect innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday, recording a strikeout. He now has four consecutive scoreless appearances (5.1 innings) since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Aug. 28. The young right-hander has quickly coaxed his ERA and WHIP down to 4.02 and 1.09, respectively, with the strong opening stretch to his latest majors stint .Whitley had stumbled by giving up six runs (five earned) over the last three appearances he made with the Cardinals before going on the injured list May 30 due to back spasms, but he's only given up a run in one other outing across 16 trips to the big-league mound this season.
The Cardinals recalled Whitley from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The righty struggled with St. Louis earlier this season, posting a 6.10 ERA and 8:7 K:BB in 10.1 innings of relief. Whitley has been effective since joining Triple-A Memphis in July, pitching to a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings with 21 strikeouts and only seven walks. Andrew Miller (foot) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
The Cardinals reinstated Whitley (back) from the 10-day injured list Sunday and optioned him to Triple-A Memphis, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. Though Whitley is healthy again after completing a six-game rehab assignment at Memphis, the Cardinals ultimately didn't need to open up a spot for him on the active roster after Sunday's game against the Cubs was postponed due to inclement weather. Whitley could make another appearance or two for Memphis before rejoining the St. Louis bullpen shortly after the team begins its second-half schedule.
Whitley (back) has fired a pair of perfect innings during which he's recorded four strikeouts in his last two rehab appearances for Double-A Springfield. The recovering right-hander was bounced around badly in his first rehab appearance Tuesday, but he regrouped nicely during his subsequent pair of outings Friday and Sunday. Given that he's been on the injured list from over a month at this point, it's possible the Cardinals opt to afford Whitley at least one appearance at Triple-A Memphis before they take the step of activating him.
Whitley (back) took the loss in Double-A Springfield's defeat at the hands of Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and a walk over one-third of an inning. As the numbers indicate, the recovering right-hander's first rehab outing was an unmitigated disaster. Whitley did actually get 16 of his 22 pitches into the strike zone and appeared to emerge without setbacks, but he'll naturally look to significantly improve on his performance in his next trip to the mound.
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