Helsley (1-0) was credited with the victory in a win over the Rockies on Sunday, striking out four while allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk over 2.1 innings.
Helsley delivered a solid performance after relieving starter Michael Wacha with two outs in the fifth inning, allowing his only run on an error by outfielder Harrison Bader. The right-hander has given up one run in three straight appearances, but he's consistently worked multiple innings effectively and retains an impressive 2.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across 23 frames while averaging a strikeout per inning.
Helsley fired three scoreless innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday, allowing a hit and four walks while recording two strikeouts.
Helsley was just recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday for yet another big-league stint, and manager Mike Shildt put him right to work in order to preserve some of his other bullpen arms. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Helsley hasn't been ruled out by Shildt as a possible opener candidate if the Cardinals occasionally deploy a "bullpen day" strategy down the stretch. The right-hander had been serving as a starter with the Redbirds to prep for a multi-inning role in the majors akin to the one he filled Monday.
Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
Helsey was sent to Memphis on July 21 and returns to the Cardinals after spending two weeks in the minors. The 25-year-old has a 2.92 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB through 12.1 major-league innings this season.
Helsley, who remains on the 40-man roster while at Triple-A Memphis, is expected to return to the Cardinals before the end of the season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Helsley was most recently sent down to the Redbirds after throwing two scoreless innings in relief against the Reds on July 20. He's subsequently started in both of his appearances since returning to Memphis, throwing 48 pitches over 2.1 innings on July 25 before logging another three frames and 35 pitches Wednesday. Rogers reports Helsley could be an option as a spot starter if Michael Wacha struggles in his return to the rotation, or he could once again serve in the relief capacity he's generated a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in across eight big-league appearances this season.
Helsley was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
He threw two scoreless innings of relief in Saturday's game, but the Cardinals will opt to churn the last bullpen spot, bringing up Tyler Webb in a corresponding move. We should see Helsley back up in the majors again when the team has a need of a fresh reliever.
Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
Helsley has a poor 5.06 ERA in 32 innings for Memphis, but he's actually fared better in 10.1 frames at the big-league level, posting a 3.48 ERA. His 29.3 percent strikeout rate in the majors is strong, but he's walked too many batters (12.2 percent). Edmundo Sosa was optioned in a corresponding move.
Helsley (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Helsley had already been with Memphis on a rehab assignment. He's thrown 10.1 innings at the big-league level this season, posting a 3.48 ERA and a 12:5 K:BB.
Helsley (shoulder) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Triple-A Memphis' loss to New Orleans on Saturday, allowing a hit and a walk, uncorking a wild pitch and recording a strikeout.
Helsley had a little bit of everything in his second rehab appearance, and some location issues led to him throwing 20 pitches overall during his one frame. However, it was still a markedly better performance for the right-hander than his first turn with the Redbirds, when he failed to record an out while yielding four earned runs. It remains to be seen if Helsley will require at least one more minor-league outing before activation.
Helsley (shoulder) took the loss for Triple-A Memphis against Nashville on Wednesday, failing to record an out in the eighth inning while allowing four earned runs on a hit and three walks.
Helsley's first rehab assignment didn't exactly go as planned, to say the least. The 24-year-old right-hander immediately ran into trouble and ultimately got just five of 19 pitches into the strike zone. Helsley will look to put some distance between himself and Wednesday's meltdown and likely retake the mound for the Redbirds by this weekend.
Helsley (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
Helsley has been out for just shy of two weeks with a shoulder impingement. Given the relatively short length of his absence, he may not need a particularly long rehab assignment.
Helsley (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Thursday and will throw either a live batting practice or simulated game Sunday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "Feeling better," Helsley said. "Moving in the right direction. The bullpen felt good today, but I'm trying to take it easy and not rush back too quick."
Helsley was cleared to resume throwing Monday and is apparently getting along in his recovery without setbacks. The right-hander's activity Sunday will help determine the next steps in his rehabilitation process, with at least one minor-league game a possibility.
Helsley (shoulder) has responded well to treatment and has now been cleared to resume playing catch, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Helsley is scheduled to come off the injured list next Sunday, and if he can avoid a cortisone shot, he may just meet that timeline. The right-hander received an anti-inflammatory upon being sidelined June 13, and it appears that's led to considerable improvement to this point.
Helsley (right shoulder impingement) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
According to Anne Rogers of MLB.com, Helsley will receive an anti-inflammatory, which should allow him to resume playing catch within a few days. The right-hander has been up and down between the majors and Triple-A this year and logged a 3.48 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 10.1 innings as he adjusts to a new role as a reliever. Genesis Cabrera was summoned to take his spot in the bullpen.
Helsley is expected to be placed on the injured list with a right shoulder impingement after exiting Wednesday's loss to the Marlins, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
Helsley will be traveling with the team to New York to be examined by Dr. George Paletta, but that evaluation is expected to reveal that his throwing shoulder will need some time off. Prior to being pulled, Helsley had thrown 13 pitches during a sixth inning in which he saw his velocity take a dip, a red flag that was a harbinger of his shoulder issue. "It's not really painful, I just couldn't really get loose," said Helsley, who has a 3.48 ERA in seven big league appearances in 2019. "Obviously my velo was down a little bit, which always raises concerns. Take a couple days off and go from there."
Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday.
Helsley had only just been sent down Sunday but is needed again with Adam Wainwright heading to the injured list with a hamstring strain. Helsley is being converted to a relief role, so it's unlikely that he'll be taking Wainwright's spot in the rotation.
The Cardinals optioned Helsley to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday.
Helsley's latest stint with the Cardinals lasted less than a week, with the hard-throwing righty tossing two scoreless frames during that time. He'll be replaced in the bullpen by Daniel Ponce de Leon, who was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
The Cardinals will need someone to fill Genesis Cabrera's spot in the rotation after the latter was optioned in a corresponding move. However, that's unlikely to be Helsley, who's in the midst of transitioning to full-time reliever. Helsley owns a 3.38 ERA in eight innings of relief for the Cardinals this season, and a 3.86 ERA in the 23.1 innings he's logged for the Redbirds.
Helsley is slated to continue pitching out of the bullpen at Triple-A Memphis, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Helsley had a brief stay in the majors that ended Thursday, when he was optioned back to Memphis. The right-hander is expected to continue being used as a reliever with the Redbirds, with the organization planning to prioritize multi-inning appearances for him. Helsley has been solid at both the Triple-A and major-league levels this season, with the 24-year-old posting sub-4.00 ERAs with both the Redbirds and Cardinals.
The Cardinals optioned Helsley to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
Lane Thomas was expected to get sent back to minors after serving as the 26th man in Wednesday's doubleheader with the Royals, but the Cardinals instead elected to keep him around a little longer as outfield depth. Consequently, Helsley will be dropped from the active roster since he was unlikely to be available for the next day or two after pitching 1.2 innings in relief Wednesday.
Helsley was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Friday, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
Helsley has surrendered a run in two of his three relief appearances this season for the Cardinals (6.1 innings), but he's fanned seven over that stretch and will get another opportunity in the big leagues. Dominic Leone was optioned to Triple-A and Luke Gregerson was designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
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