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August 5, 2020 04:32 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Could see save chances
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Gallegos was mentioned by manager Mike Shildt on Wednesday among a group of Cardinals who could pitch in the ninth inning going forward, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Kwang-Hyun Kim was the Cardinals' closer to open the year, but the team has since decided he's best suited to a starting role. Gallegos was drafted as the likely closer by most fantasy players this offseason, though he was merely mentioned as one of several options by Shildt. Gallegos had closer-like numbers last season, striking out 33.3 percent of opposing batters while walking just 5.7 percent en route to a 2.31 ERA, though he recorded just a single save.

July 29, 2020 01:24 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Makes season debut
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Gallegos made his first appearance of the season in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning with no hits, walks or strikeouts.

Activated earlier in the day after a delayed arrival in summer camp due to travel issues, Gallegos came on to finish out the sixth inning behind fellow reliever Austin Gomber. Gallegos had been impressing in bullpen sessions and live batting practice in days prior, and the fact he got five of his six pitches into the strike zone Tuesday seems to indicate he carried that momentum over. Gallegos could eventually transition into the closer's role he was once thought of as a leading candidate to fill for at least part of this season, but manager Mike Shildt is on record as stating he'll progressively work the right-hander into the bullpen mix.

July 28, 2020 04:20 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Officially activated
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos (not injury related) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.

Gallegos missed the beginning of the regular season after he was a late arrival to camp, but he's now game ready and will be available out of the bullpen. Although Kwang-Hyun Kim is currently serving as the team's closer, he wasn't incredibly sharp when he picked up his first save. As a result, Gallegos could be in the mix to compete for save chances if he pitches consistently to begin the year.

July 26, 2020 01:08 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: To be activated Tuesday
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Gallegos (not injury related) will be activated from the injured list prior to Tuesday's game in Minnesota, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Kwang-Hyun Kim is 1-for-1 on save chances, but he gave up two runs (one earned) to notch his first save. Gallegos may be behind Kim and possibly Ryan Helsley in the pecking order for saves, but he could eventually wrangle that role if he proves to be the team's most consistent reliever.

July 26, 2020 09:20 AM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Impresses in live BP
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Gallegos was more consistent during his Saturday live batting practice than in his first one Thursday, Anne Rogers of reports. "He was really sharp," manager Mike Shildt said. "Feel like he's pretty much where he needs to be. Hitters had the right kind of feedback, said the ball was coming out good. He was a little more consistent with his command today than a couple days ago. So if he recovers well, we should expect to see him ready to go in our bullpen."

The hard-throwing reliever took another big step toward active status Saturday, with Shildt's comments implying it's likely Gallegos won't require another live batting practice before activation. The Cardinals' active roster currently stands at 29 players, meaning no move will be necessary for Gallegos' inclusion to transpire. Where Gallegos will slot in once he's a part of the bullpen remains to be seen, as he was once thought to be a natural candidate for the closing job that Kwang-Hyun Kim was appointed to just before Opening Day.

July 25, 2020 12:52 AM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Close to returning
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Gallegos (not injury related) is slated to throw batting practice Saturday, and manager Mike Shildt considers him "pretty close" to being activated, Anne Rogers of reports.

The Cardinals left Gallegos off the Opening Day roster in order to help him catch up after his late arrival to summer camp. The right-hander threw a live batting practice Thursday and looked good doing so, leading Shildt to determine Gallegos could be tuned up enough after Saturday's session to potentially be activated shortly thereafter. "Arm strength was there," Shildt said. "The secondary pitches had the life that we would expect. Command not as crisp, but you would expect that out of the first live."

July 23, 2020 02:20 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Opens on IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos (not injury related) is not on the Opening Day roster, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

He will open the year on the 10-day injured list as he was late to arrive at camp and has been slow to build up. Kwang-Hyun Kim is expected to open the year as the closer, but Ryan Helsley also lingers as a healthy late-inning option.

July 20, 2020 11:00 AM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Questionable for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos (undisclosed) joined the team and threw a bullpen session Sunday and is questionable for Opening Day, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The team is currently gauging how he feels and how he recovers from Sunday's bullpen as they determine whether he will be ready for the start of the season. Gallegos is arguably the Cardinals' best reliever, but sounds like Ryan Helsley has a leg up for the closer's role and Carlos Martinez is a darkhorse to enter that fray as well if he does not make the rotation.

July 18, 2020 10:00 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: May return Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos (undisclosed) passed the necessary tests and is expected to report to the Cardinals' facility Sunday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The 28-year-old was placed on the injured list earlier Saturday, despite the fact he cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols. Gallegos has been absent from summer training due to complications in traveling from Mexico, but he's apparently been throwing on his own and has yet to be ruled out for Opening Day, per Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat. More information should be available on his potential availability once he throws in front of the coaches.

July 18, 2020 06:44 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Placed on injured list
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Gallegos landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons Saturday.

It's unclear whether or not this is simply a procedural move related to Gallegos' delayed arrival from Mexico or if he's genuinely injured. If he's healthy, Gallegos has a strong chance to close games in St. Louis this season after Jordan Hicks elected to opt out of playing due to health concerns, but his status is rather uncertain at the moment. Even if the move is purely procedural, the fact that the righty's arrival at camp was so delayed could mean that he isn't ready to handle high-leverage innings at the start of the year.

July 18, 2020 12:08 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Reporting on Friday
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Gallegos is headed to St. Louis on Friday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Gallegos wasn't able to participate in the start of camp while dealing with travel issues, but manager Mike Shildt revealed Friday that the right-hander is en route to St. Louis. The team hopes that he'll be able to participate in practice Saturday. The 28-year-old's physical state remains to be seen, but he could serve as the closer at some point during the 2020 season. However, even if he is game ready, the Cardinals could choose to use him in lower-leverage situations to begin the year.

July 8, 2020 04:24 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Dealing with travel issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos has yet to arrive at the Cardinals' summer camp while he continues to await clearance to travel to the United States from his native Mexico, Anne Rogers of reports.

Though Gallegos' health isn't in any question due to coronavirus-related concerns, the pandemic has presented complications with his ability to travel. The Cardinals are unsure when Gallegos will be able to board a flight to St. Louis, so his availability for the July 24 season opener versus the Pirates remains something of a question mark at the moment. Before spring training was suspended in mid-March, Gallegos looked like the frontrunner for the Cardinals' closing role, but the team will likely reopen the competition for the job while his status remains up in the air. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, general manager John Mozeliak mentioned Ryan Helsley as a potential replacement for Gallegos, while Carlos Martinez could also get a look in the ninth inning if he's unable to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation.

July 3, 2020 09:56 AM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Missing early summer camp
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Gallegos won't be present for the early portions of the Cardinals' summer training while he remains in Mexico, Mark Saxon of The Athletic reports.

Teams are reporting to camp this week to begin ramping up for the 60-game regular season, but the 28-year-old won't be joining his teammates early on for unspecified reasons. The timing of Gallegos' arrival could impact his availability once games start toward the end of July. He's pegged as the closer with Jordan Hicks (elbow) beginning the season on the injured list, but if Gallegos is also unavailable duties could fall to Ryan Helsley, John Gant or Andrew Miller.

April 13, 2020 06:52 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Hit to cumulative '20 save chances?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos remains the Cardinals' projected closer to open the season, but top ninth-inning option Jordan Hicks (elbow) is helped by the current shutdown the longer it extends, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hicks has been projected for a mid-to-later-summer return all along after late-June 2019 Tommy John surgery. Heading into spring, Gallegos was considered a strong candidate to primarily handle closing duties in Hicks' stead until that point, but the further Opening Day is pushed back, the more the potential amount of missed regular-season time for Hicks shrinks. Following a rocky start to Grapefruit League play, Gallegos was trending up when spring training was suspended, posting four straight scoreless efforts before play was paused.

March 13, 2020 03:00 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Tosses save prior to spring halt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos was credited with his second save of spring in a Grapefruit League win over the Marlins on Thursday, firing a perfect ninth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts.

Gallegos is a leading contender to serve as the Cardinals' closer whenever the 2020 regular season does begin, and Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes the right-hander has pitched the ninth inning in four of his six spring appearances. Pitching coach Mike Maddux credited the hard-throwing reliever for his resiliency after Thursday's game, noting Gallegos' first two Grapefruit League outings were "a little big rugged" but that the 28-year-old has bounced back well over his last three.

March 2, 2020 02:32 AM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Bounces back with first save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos was credited with a save in a Grapefruit League win over the Nationals on Saturday, allowing a hit over a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out one.

The hard-throwing right-hander's spring got off to an inauspicious start Wednesday, as he allowed three runs on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning versus the Marlins. Gallegos' resurgent effort Saturday was therefore particularly encouraging, especially considering a report by Anne Rogers of indicating Gallegos' fastball-slider combination and impressive strikeout rate in 2019 could make him a leading candidate for the primary closer role during the first half of the season, at minimum, while Jordan Hicks (elbow) remains sidelined.

February 17, 2020 05:04 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Competing for closing job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos will receive the opportunity to compete for the Cardinals' closer job in spring training, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The wide-open battle also includes John Brebbia, Alex Reyes and Ryan Helsley, among others, though any competition for the ninth-inning vacancy could come to a quick end if the Cardinals shift Carlos Martinez -- who is getting the opportunity to fight for a rotation spot -- back to the bullpen. If Martinez's shoulder can hold up to starting duty, however, Gallegos would probably represent the most alluring fantasy target in the St. Louis bullpen, though the ample reliable relief arms on hand could prompt manager Mike Shildt to take a committee approach to save situations. Gallegos notched only one save in 2019 but still had utility in mixed leagues thanks to his dazzling ratios (2.31 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 11.3 K/9).

September 20, 2019 12:20 AM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Picks up save Thursday
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Gallegos got the save against the Cubs on Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning without allowing a baserunner to close out a 5-4 extra-inning victory for the Cardinals. He struck out one and walked none.

Gallegos entered the contest in the 10th inning after the Cardinals had blown a save and retaken the lead and managed to shut the door with a clean effort, picking up his first save of the season and third of his career. He's having a fantastic season, with a 2.07 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 92:15 K:BB across 69.2 innings, but Carlos Martinez is locked in as the Cardinals' closer and should be expected to get the bulk of the save chances through the rest of the season.

September 6, 2019 10:00 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Suffers second loss
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Gallegos (3-2) was charged with both a loss and a blown save against the Giants on Wednesday, allowing an earned run on a hit and a walk while recording three strikeouts over 1.2 innings.

Gallegos' troubles can be boiled down to the four-seam fastball that Kevin Pillar, the first batter he faced upon entering in the eighth inning, sent over the left-field wall with Brandon Crawford aboard for a 440-foot, tie-breaking home run. It was the second straight appearance in which Gallegos allowed a ball to leave the yard after not surrendering a homer between May 26 and Aug. 31. Despite the recent stumbles, Gallegos remains a trusted bullpen asset with a 2.27 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and stellar 84:13 K:BB across 63.1 innings.

July 31, 2019 01:24 PM
Cardinals' Giovanny Gallegos: Grabs third victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gallegos (3-1) was credited with the win over the Cubs on Tuesday, firing a scoreless inning in which he allowed a walk and recorded a strikeout.

Gallegos got through his outing with little trouble, extending what's been a prolonged stretch of strong pitching in the process. The right-hander now has scoreless efforts in 23 of his last 25 trips to the mound, which has lowered his ERA from 4.35 to 2.15. His consistency has naturally made him an increasingly trusted option out of the bullpen for manager Mike Shildt and has helped lead to a 2-1 record, 0.71 ERA and four holds in July alone.

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vs LHB 33.100 2.700843
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