Flaherty tossed seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk while striking out six for Triple-A Memphis in the club's 6-2 win over Omaha in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Since minor-league doubleheaders consist of a pair of seven-inning contests, Flaherty was officially credited with his first complete game as a professional, despite not covering nine frames. The right-hander now owns a 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 22:3 K:BB across 20 innings through his three outings with Memphis, providing ample evidence that he's ready for a spot in the big-league rotation. Unfortunately for Flaherty, all five of the St. Louis starters are healthy at the moment, and neither Adam Wainwright nor Miles Mikolas has performed poorly enough for manager Mike Matheny to contemplate a shakeup at the back of the rotation.
Flaherty racked up 11 strikeouts and allowed an earned run on five hits over seven innings in Triple-A Memphis' 4-1 victory over Round Rock on Sunday.
Just five days ago, Flaherty was similarly impressive with the big-league club, allowing an earned run over five innings while compiling nine strikeouts against the Brewers. However, with the Cardinals needing a roster spot to accommodate Adam Wainwright's return from a hamstring injury, Flaherty was sent back down to the Redbirds after that outing. The 22-year-old already demonstrated that he could dominate Triple-A bats in 2017 over 15 appearances with Memphis, generating a 2.74 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 85:24 K:BB across 85.1 innings. Therefore, his stellar effort Sunday was hardly surprising, and corroborates that the only thing likely keeping Flaherty from a callup is a lack of an open rotation spot.
Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The Cardinals needed to clear a roster spot for Adam Wainwright (hamstring) to return from the disabled list, and Flaherty was a logical choice since he's unavailable for a few days following Tuesday's start. The 22-year-old pitched well, allowing just one run in five innings of work in the no-decision. He will likely be the first pitcher called back to the majors if another injury strikes the big-league rotation.
Flaherty was called up from Triple-A Memphis before the start of the season with Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list and was in line to get the win on Tuesday until the Cardinals' bullpen gave up a 4-1 lead late. Any fantasy value here would hinge on him getting a permanent spot in St. Louis' rotation, which isn't a sure thing once Wainwright returns from his hamstring injury.
Flaherty was officially recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to Opening Day.
The Cards had optioned him to minor-league camp earlier in March, but the placement of Adam Wainwright on the 10-day DL opened the door for Flaherty to begin the season on the Cards' 25-man roster. Flaherty is scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Brewers at Miller Park.
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