Whitley was optioned to the Cardinals' alternate training site Saturday.
Whitley made two relief appearances during his time on the major-league roster and posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 3.2 innings. He'll return to the team's alternate camp after Kwang Hyun Kim (back) was activated from the 10-day injured list.
Whitley, summoned from minor-league camp earlier Tuesday, fired 2.1 scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and recorded a strikeout in a win over the Nationals.
Whitley picked up right where he left off during his solid rookie 2020 campaign, when he generated a 1.93 ERA and 0.64 WHIP across four appearances. With his ability to work multi-inning stints, the right-hander may be able to stick around on the big-league roster for some time if he continues to deliver performances of a similar caliber in middle relief.
Whitley was recalled by the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Whitley looked good in his 4.2-inning debut last season, allowing one earned run while striking out five and walking just one. He failed to break camp on the Opening Day roster but will replace Johan Oviedo in the bullpen for now, with the latter heading to the alternate site in a corresponding move.
Whitley was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday.
Whitley had a strong performance in camp by allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out 10 in 7.1 scoreless innings this spring, but he'll get some more experience in the minors to begin the regular season. The right-hander has made just four major-league appearances but could return to the big leagues if he continues to perform well in the minors in 2021.
Whitley has fired 7.1 scoreless innings this spring, allowing five hits and recording a 10:3 K:BB across eight Grapefruit League appearances.
Whitley posted a 1.93 ERA and 0.64 WHIP across four appearances last season (4.2 innings) in his first taste of the big leagues, and he's built on that success with his body of work this spring. The Cardinals' bullpen has multiple hard throwers with above-average control, but Whitley seems to have carved out a consistent role to open the season with his Grapefruit League performance.
Whitley (elbow) allowed an earned run on one hit and also recorded a strikeout over an inning in a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.
Whitley was just activated from the injured list Tuesday, so Wednesday's appearance was his first taste of game action since July 29. The right-hander was afforded a low-leverage scenario as a soft landing spot, as the Cardinals were already behind 11-1 by the time he entered in the seventh inning. Whitley could serve as a useful middle-relief option for manager Mike Shildt if the Cardinals qualify for the postseason, and he figures to get some more work in before the end of the regular season Sunday.
Whitley (elbow) was activated off the injured list Tuesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The 25-year-old is the final player still sidelined stemming from the team's COVID-19 outbreak, but he'll return from the elbow soreness Tuesday. Whitley appeared in two games before landing on the shelf, delivering 2.2 hitless innings with three strikeouts and zero walks.
Whitley (elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday that he recovered well from, leading president of baseball operations John Mozeliak to suggest he would be activated "in the next day or so", Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Whitley is the last of the Cardinals players that was part of the team's COVID-19 outbreak that's yet to return, although his ongoing absence is due to elbow soreness. The rookie had gotten the season off to a strong start before being sidelined, as he'd fired 2.2 scoreless innings across two appearances.
Whitley (elbow) has resumed playing catch at the Cardinals' alternate training site in Springfield, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander began experiencing elbow discomfort during his catch sessions in late August while trying to build his arm back up following a COVID-19 infection. Whitley subsequently underwent evaluation, and manager Mike Shildt confirmed Wednesday "everything checked out positive structurally, and he's back to felling unrestricted". However, the 25-year-old remains without a firm timeline for return and is naturally running out of time with less than four weeks to go in the regular season.
Whitley, who is currently on the COVID-19 injured list, returned to St. Louis on Tuesday to receive a scan on his right elbow after he experienced discomfort in recent throwing sessions at the Cardinals' alternate training site, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The rookie reliever was one of several Cardinals who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, but he's since received full clearance for baseball activities and is eligible to come off the IL whenever St. Louis chooses to activate him. His reinstatement may not be imminent, however, as he'll likely have to put his throwing program on hold for the time being while he waits for inflammation in his elbow to subside. Fortunately for Whitley, the Cardinals don't believe his elbow injury is a major concern, so the scans he required Tuesday were likely just precautionary.
Whitley (illness) continues to play catch at Busch Stadium and is expected to face live hitters at the team's alternate training site in Springfield before activation is considered, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Whitley is one of several Cardinals players on the COVID-19 injured list to recently receive clearance to resume workouts. The right-hander had made two appearances covering 2.2 innings this season before being ensnared in the team's coronavirus outbreak, so his arm will need a certain degree of building up prior to activation after the extended layoff.
Whitley (illness) was cleared to resume workouts Tuesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
Whitley was among the Cardinals who tested positive for COVID-19 in early August, but he rejoined the team for workouts Tuesday. It's unclear what shape he's in or when he'll be able to return to the Cardinals' bullpen. Prior to the positive test, the right-hander had tossed 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out three.
Whitley (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.
Whitley tested positive for COVID-19 as part of the team's current outbreak, and Tuesday's transaction will free up a spot on the active roster in his absence. Under MLB protocol, the right-hander will be eligible to return to the team once he produces two consecutive negative tests. The Cardinals should call up some bullpen reinforcements in the coming days to replace Whitley and fellow righty Junior Fernandez.
Whitley tested positive for COVID-19.
He is one of six Cardinals players who gave the team permission to announce his positive test. Whitley has three strikeouts in 2.2 perfect frames out of the big-league bullpen this season. Fellow righty reliever Junior Fernandez also tested positive, so the Cardinals should have bullpen reinforcements on the way from the alternate training site in the coming days.
Whitley made his major-league debut in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday, firing a scoreless seventh inning during which he allowed no hits or walks while recording one strikeout.
Whitley got his three outs on 13 pitches, retiring the trio of Jacob Stallings, Erik Gonzalez and Adam Frazier. The 25-year-old right-hander made the Opening Day roster after consistently flummoxing hitters at every level of the minors since being drafted in 2017, and his mid-90s fastball could conceivably help him progressively carve out some higher-leverage opportunities as the season unfolds.
Whitley made the Cardinals' 30-man roster, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
His contract was purchased as result. The 25-year-old righty rode his plus fastball and potentially plus slider to a phenomenal year in the minors last season. He had a 1.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 78:19 K:BB in 67.1 innings across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A. Whitley could eventually earn high-leverage opportunities, but he will likely begin the year pitching in low-pressure spots as he adjusts to facing big-league hitters for the first time.
Whitley is part of the player pool that will report to the Cardinals' summer camp beginning July 1, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old right-hander isn't on the 40-man roster at the moment, but if he carries over the momentum of the last year-plus into summer camp, he could well make the cut for Opening Day. Whitley posted a combined 1.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 78:19 K:BB across 50 appearances over all three levels of the minors last season, and he followed those impressive numbers up with six scoreless Grapefruit League outings before spring training was suspended.
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