Cardinals GM John Mozeliak first brought up Ryan Helsley's name when asked about the team's closer's role on Tuesday.
Jordan Hicks will open up on the injured list, so the gig is wide open. Giovanny Gallegos seemed likely to have the inside track at the beginning of the season, but he's yet to arrive in Cardinals camp. Carlos Martinez, who just arrived Tuesday, had been penciled into the rotation, but he's also an option to close if he's not far enough along to start. Helsley also could have been an option to start, but the Cardinals have showed no signs of going that route. He showed closer-type stuff while mostly pitching in low leverage situations last year. Jul 07 8:45 pm (EST)
- Helsley, who earned a hold with two scoreless innings during a 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins on Monday, kept himself firmly in contention for a spot on the starting rotation to open the season, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. "Valuable guy," said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. "A guy that's historically been able to hold his velocity in a Minor League setting as he goes deeper into games. But clearly he is able to have high velocity with plus secondary pitches in the short outings as well. That's really what we're looking for in the modern game."
- Helsley, who is a candidate for the closer role to open the season, is also likely to log at least one Grapefruit League start in order to build up stamina and arm strength, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
- Helsley said last week that he would arrive at spring training with the aim of competing for the No. 5 spot in the Cardinals' rotation, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports. All Ryan Helsley (R) News
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|Jul 24||W 5 - 4||PIT||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Oct 15||L 7 - 4||@ WSH||0||0||0||2.0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Oct 12||L 3 - 1||WSH||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Oct 11||L 2 - 0||WSH||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Oct 07||W 5 - 4||ATL||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Oct 03||W 7 - 6||@ ATL||0||0||0||0.1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sep 27||L 8 - 2||CHI||0||0||0||0.1||4||1||3||0||0|
|Sep 24||L 3 - 2||@ ARI||0||0||0||1.2||2||0||0||0||1|
|Sep 23||W 9 - 7||@ ARI||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|