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Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Moves back to Triple-A
The Cardinals optioned Liberatore to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Liberatore's demotion likely foreshadows Steven Matz's (shoulder) return to the rotation in the Cardinals' final game before the All-Star break Sunday against the Reds. St. Louis may have chosen to delay Matz's activation until the second half if Liberatore fared well in his most recent outing, but the Cardinals' decision to deploy the rookie behind an opener (Jordan Hicks) in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Dodgers didn't pay dividends. Liberatore took a no-decision after giving up three earned runs in 2.1 innings, inflating his ERA to 5.33 through his first seven outings in the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Struggles in bulk role
Liberatore allowed three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings during Tuesday's 7-6 victory over the Dodgers. He failed to record a strikeout and did not issue a walk.
Liberatore was tabbed as the bulk reliever for Tuesday's contest and ended up making his first relief appearance as the third of seven St. Louis pitchers. The 22-year-old entered in the fourth and navigated a 1-2-3 frame but surrendered two runs on three hits in the fifth and another run in the sixth when the St. Louis bullpen let an inherited runner score. Liberatore's ERA and WHIP rose to 5.33 and 1.74, respectively, with the poor performance, and he's most likely to appear in relief if he's used again prior to the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Working behind opener Tuesday
Liberatore is slated to work as the Cardinals' bulk reliever behind opener Jordan Hicks in Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Liberatore has turned in a mixed bag of results while working as a traditional starter in his first six big-league starts. In three of those outings, he's kept the opposition off the board over 14 innings, and in the other three, he's surrendered 13 earned runs in 10.2 innings. A matchup with a Dodgers lineup that features Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman as the top three batters in the order likely wouldn't have set Liberatore up for much success, so Hicks will likely cover an inning or two before giving way to the rookie. The arrangement should allow Liberatore to work deeper into the contest and improve his chances of factoring into any decision.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Four scoreless innings Thursday
Liberatore struck out four in four shutout innings while allowing three hits and three walks Thursday in a 3-2 win in Atlanta in extra innings. He did not factor into the decision.
Liberatore was effectively wild, throwing just 41 of 74 pitches for strikes, and was able to pitch around trouble to hold Atlanta scoreless. The rookie has held opponents scoreless three times through six starts in the big leagues and allowed at least four runs the other three times. At Triple-A, the 22-year-old had a 61:17 K:BB through 58 innings but since joining the Cardinals his control has suffered and he has a 22:14 K:BB in 24.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Next start coming Thursday
Liberatore is scheduled to make his next start with the Cardinals on Thursday in Atlanta.
As anticipated, Liberatore will be receiving more than one turn through the St. Louis rotation after he was recalled from Triple-A Memphis over the weekend in response to Jack Flaherty (shoulder) joining Steven Matz (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list. Liberatore made his fifth big-league start Saturday in Philadelphia, surrendering five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three over 2.2 innings. He now sports a 5.66 ERA and 1.79 WHIP heading into his upcoming outing in Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Allows five runs in no-decision
Liberatore did not factor into the decision against the Phillies on Saturday, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one across 2.2 innings.
Liberatore lasted just 2.2 innings -- his shortest outing of the season in the majors -- after allowing five earned runs. He threw 41 of 66 pitches for strikes in the game. Though he did not pitch well in the game, he escaped without a loss thanks to an excellent offensive performance from the Cardinals. In limited time this season, Liberatore has a 5.66 ERA and has allowed 13 earned runs in 20.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Called up ahead of start
Liberatore was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
Liberatore has been shuffled between the minor-league and major-league clubs early in the season. However, manager Oliver Marmol recently indicated that the 22-year-old could remain in the Cardinals' rotation after starting Saturday's game against the Phillies since Jack Flaherty (shoulder) and Steven Matz (shoulder) are sidelined. Over his first four starts for St. Louis, the southpaw has posted a 4.00 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 18 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Getting start Saturday
Manager Oliver Marmol said Liberatore will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start Saturday's game against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Liberatore has been optioned back to Memphis immediately after three of his first four big-league starts, but Marmol suggested that the rookie could have some staying power in the rotation during his upcoming stint in St. Louis, according to Katie Woo of The Athletic. With Jack Flaherty (shoulder) moving to the 15-day injured list Monday and Steven Matz (back) unlikely to be ready for a return from the IL until the second week of July, Liberatore should be in store for at least two starts. Liberatore has produced a 4.00 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 6.1 K-BB% across 18 innings through his first four outings.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Likely to rejoin rotation
Liberatore rejoined the Cardinals on Wednesday and is expected to be formally called up from Triple-A Memphis later this week to make a start during the big club's upcoming series in Philadelphia, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
He'll likely be joining the rotation as a replacement for Jack Flaherty (shoulder), who was placed on the 15-day injured list Monday. Liberatore has previously made four starts for St. Louis, covering 18 innings over those outings while churning out a 4.00 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 6.1 K-BB%.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Headed back to minors
Liberatore was returned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Liberatore made his fourth career major-league start during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, and he allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five in five scoreless innings to earn the win over Pittsburgh. However, the left-hander served as the 27th man during the twin bill and will head back to the minors after Jack Flaherty (shoulder) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Blanks Bucs for second win
Liberatore (2-1) picked up the win in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, allowing three hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out five.
The rookie southpaw tossed 51 of 79 pitches for strikes before exiting as he held the opposition without a run for the second time in four big-league starts. Liberatore has also walked multiple batters in all four of those starts, and his 15:10 K:BB through 18 innings is far from dominant, but so far he's held his own, posting a 4.00 ERA. With Jack Flaherty (shoulder) set to make his season debut Wednesday, someone will lose their spot in the St. Louis rotation, but Liberatore seems as though he's done enough to stick around ahead of Zack Thompson.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Recalled ahead of start
Liberatore was recalled ahead of his scheduled start in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
Liberatore will be the 27th man for the doubleheader, which suggests he could head right back to the minors after his outing. He hasn't done quite enough to stick permanently in the big-league rotation through his first three starts at the highest level, posting a 5.54 ERA and 10:8 K:BB, though a date with the Pirates could help him improve those numbers.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Returning Tuesday
Liberatore will be recalled to start the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Pirates, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
Liberatore has made one strong start and two poor ones thus far in his brief big-league career, giving him a 5.54 ERA and 10:8 K:BB overall. His major-league debut came against the Pirates in late May and was one of those poor outings, as he allowed four runs on seven hits across 4.2 frames, but his prospect pedigree suggests that better results should be coming soon.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Sent down Friday
Liberatore was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.
Liberatore made his third major-league start Thursday against the Cubs and allowed four runs in 3.1 innings to take the loss. The southpaw has had an inconsistent start to his big-league career with a 5.54 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in 13 innings over three outings. However, the 22-year-old remains one of the Cardinals' top prospects, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him rejoin the major-league club at some point. Liberatore's demotion could signal that Steven Matz (shoulder) will be ready to rejoin the rotation next week.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Struggles in third start
Liberatore (1-1) took the loss against the Cubs on Thursday, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one batter over 3.1 innings.
The rookie left-hander had trouble with both his control and command in his third big-league outing, throwing only 42 of 80 pitches for strikes and serving up five extra-base hits -- including three home runs. Liberatore notched only one strikeout and was chased after falling behind 4-2 in the fourth inning. He did well in his previous start, pitching five scoreless frames against Milwaukee, but has struggled in his other two appearances with the big club this season. It's unclear if he'll stick in the rotation once injured hurlers Steven Matz (shoulder), Jordan Hicks (forearm) and -- a bit further off -- Jack Flaherty (shoulder) return.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Pitches five scoreless
Liberatore (1-0) got the win Saturday after he pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out six against the Brewers.
After getting recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Liberatore made his second career start Saturday and blanked the Brewers over five frames. The left-hander looked far sharper in this one than his May 21 debut, surrendering two hits compared to the seven the Pirates got off him last time. With Steven Matz (shoulder) on the injured list, Liberatore is tentatively set to pitch again Thursday versus the Cubs. He'll carry a 3.72 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with nine punchouts over 9.2 innings into the outing.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Back in big leagues
The Cardinals recalled Liberatore from Triple-A Memphis on Monday.
It's been a busy three days for Liberatore. He was called up for his big-league debut Saturday before being optioned the next day, only to rejoin St. Louis one day later with Steven Matz (shoulder) landing on the injured list. It's unclear exactly how long Matz's absence will last, but Liberatore will get the chance to replace him in the rotation and should have at least a couple more starts to prove he belongs in the big leagues. His debut wasn't particularly good, as he allowed four runs in 4.2 innings against the lowly Pirates, but he's talented enough that there's reason to expect more going forward. According to Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat, Liberatore is scheduled to make his second start with the Cardinals next Saturday versus the Brewers in St. Louis.... See More ... See Less
Cardinals' Matthew Liberatore: Headed back to Triple-A
The Cardinals optioned Liberatore to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
Due to a May 17 doubleheader with the Mets, the Cardinals temporarily moved to a six-man rotation, which allowed Liberatore to receive his first call-up to the big leagues earlier in the weekend. He made his MLB debut Saturday, starting in the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Pirates while allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three in 4.2 innings. Even if he fared better against Pittsburgh, Liberatore likely still would have been headed back to the minors, as the Cardinals will move back to a five-man rotation during the upcoming week. The Cardinals have a doubleheader coming up June 4 in Chicago against the Cubs, so Liberatore could be an option to get called up and make another spot start that day if the St. Louis rotation remains intact prior to the twin bill.... See More ... See Less
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