St. Louis Cardinals recall left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera from Triple-A Memphis

The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, just two days after he was optioned to the minors. Cabrera will take the roster spot of right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

Cabrera, 24, was the last pitcher cut from the Cardinals’ opening day roster, despite having a strong spring training. He posted a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings, striking out 14 batters and walking only two. He also impressed manager Mike Shildt with his improved command and maturity.

“He’s a different guy,” Shildt said. “He’s grown up a lot. He’s more confident. He’s more consistent. He’s more focused. He’s more prepared.”

Cabrera made his major league debut in 2019, appearing in 13 games (two starts) for the Cardinals. He had a 4.87 ERA in 20.1 innings, with 19 strikeouts and 12 walks. He struggled with his control and his pitch selection, relying too much on his fastball and not enough on his curveball and changeup.

In 2020, Cabrera was part of the Cardinals’ bullpen that helped them reach the postseason despite a COVID-19 outbreak that disrupted their schedule.

He pitched in 15 games (one start), posting a 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings, with 32 strikeouts and nine walks. He showed more confidence in his secondary pitches and more aggressiveness on the mound.

“He’s got electric stuff,” catcher Yadier Molina said. “He can throw 100 mph with movement. He can throw a nasty curveball and a good changeup. He just needs to trust his stuff and attack the hitters.”

Cabrera will join a Cardinals’ bullpen that has been one of the best in the National League so far this season. The relievers have a combined 2.86 ERA in 44 innings, with 53 strikeouts and 18 walks. They have also converted six of seven save opportunities.

Cabrera could be used in various roles, from long relief to high-leverage situations. He could also be a spot starter if needed, as he has experience as a starter in the minors.

“I’m ready for whatever they need me to do,” Cabrera said. “I’m happy to be back here and help this team win.”

Cabrera will wear No. 92 and will be available for Sunday’s series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Final Thoughts: Genesis Cabrera’s Quick Return to the Majors

The St. Louis Cardinals’ decision to recall left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera just two days after optioning him to Triple-A Memphis is a testament to his talent and potential impact on the team’s bullpen.

Despite not making the opening day roster, Cabrera had an impressive spring training, showing improved command and maturity on the mound.

His previous major league experience in 2019 and 2020, coupled with his ability to pitch in various roles, makes him a valuable asset to the Cardinals’ bullpen. His electric stuff, including a fastball that can reach 100 mph with movement and a nasty curveball, could be particularly useful in high-leverage situations.

Cabrera’s willingness to embrace any role the team needs him to fill demonstrates his team-first mentality and dedication to helping the Cardinals win. His experience as a starter in the minors also makes him a potential spot starter if needed.

It is clear that the Cardinals have high hopes for Cabrera, and his quick return to the majors is evidence of that. With a bullpen that has been one of the best in the National League so far this season, adding Cabrera’s talent and versatility only strengthens the team’s chances of success.