JUPITER, Fl. (KMOV.com) -- Luke Weaver entered Wednesday’s game against the Mets in the eighth inning, but left with one out remaining in the frame.
He was seen talking to the athletic trainers and was pulled from action due to a muscle spasm in his back.
“He had a low back spasm. It was just better to get him out than have him try to pitch through it,” manager Mike Matheny said after the contest, one the Cardinals won 6-1.
It’s unclear what led to the issue in Weaver’s back, but he admitted to the team afterward he felt some tightness before the game.
The 23-year-old didn’t mention the discomfort to anyone before he threw.
“This is the first we’d heard of it. He said afterward it felt a little tight before, but we didn’t know anything about it,” Matheny said.
Weaver recorded two ground outs to start the inning, but was pulled during the third at bat when he was behind 2-1. Austin Gomber entered the game to record the final four outs, striking out one and allowing a solo homer for the Mets’ only run in the ninth.
Weaver will be treated by the medical team to assess the situation and the Cardinals are expecting to have a clearer picture of his overall health Thursday.