(BaseballStL) -- It had been known that the St. Louis Cardinals would promote reliever Fernando Salas from Triple-A Memphis after completing a rehabilitation stint. The move was officially made on Friday.
Salas, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 21 due to inflammation in his throwing shoulder, did not allow a run in 10 of his 11 appearances with Memphis and posted a 1-1 record with a 0.77 ERA and four saves. He also struck out 11 batters while walking only one in 11.2 innings.
“We got to trust the fact that he was doing very good, as good as anybody we have at Triple-A, and pretty dominating,” Mike Matheny said after Friday’s win. “We’ve just got to figure out how to translate that from Memphis to here.”
His return to the big league squad was a little more shaky in a 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres. Salas allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one full inning of work in the eighth.
Salas opened the inning with a walk to Carlos Quentin before he struck out Yonder Alonso on a 86-mph changeup. Jedd Gyorko, who went 1-for-5, flew out to center fielder Jon Jay near the warning track in the next at-bat. Will Venable advanced Quentin to second base with a single up the middle. Alexi Amarista singled in the run on a single through the hole at second base. Salas got out of the inning on a catch near the wall by Jon Jay on a ball hit by Nick Hundley.
“We wanted to get him on the mound again,” Matheny said. “We saw some good things -- a real good changeup for a strikeout. We saw some other things that I know he would like to do differently.”
Prior to being shut down, Salas was 0-2 with a 3.85 ERA in 15 games for St. Louis. He made his last appearance on May 20 against the Padres.
Keith Butler was optioned to Memphis after Sunday’s game to make room for Salas on the active roster.