Cardinals Reliever Jordan Walden Heads to Disabled List Ahead of Cubs Series

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Cardinals Reliever Jordan Walden Heads to Disabled List Ahead of Cubs Series

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jordan walden cardinalsA quietly important piece of “the Jason Heyward trade” this offseason was quality set-up man Jordan Walden, who also came over to the St. Louis Cardinals in the trade with the Atlanta Braves.

So far this year, Walden has posted a microscopic 0.87 ERA over 10.1 (high-leverage) innings for the Cardinals, pairing that with a 1.96 FIP, a 28.6% K rate and a 9.5% BB rate. He’s been dominant, and a huge part of the Cardinals’ early bullpen success.

And the Cubs won’t have to face him this week.

Walden has been dealing with biceps discomfort for a few days, and the Cardinals opted to place him on the disabled list and call up 22-year-old righty Sam Tuivailala from AAA. It’s a blow to a Cardinals bullpen that has pitched through three consecutive extra-inning games, and has got to be taxed despite having eight members at the moment.

Tuivailala is a relief prospect who has pitched well in the upper minors for the Cardinals, and was likely a future a contributor anyway. He could be quite good, though it’s hard to see anyone immediately stepping in an “replacing” Walden’s performance.

The Cubs and Cardinals start a four-game set in St. Louis tonight. Cubs batters will have to work extra hard to get starters out of the game early.


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.