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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) after leaving the game due to a pulled hamstring during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

ST. LOUIS ( -- After leaving Sunday’s game early with a hamstring injury, Adam Wainwright was placed in the 10-day Injured List Monday.

The 37-year-old hurt his left hamstring in the fifth inning against the Cubs in Chicago in his 13th start of the year.

Wainwright had bounced back from an injury-shortened 2018 to lead the team with 70.1 innings pitched this season.

He’s also leading the staff in strikeouts with 61.

To replace Wainwright, the Cardinals recalled Ryan Helsley, who had been optioned Sunday to make room for Daniel Ponce de Leon. Players normally have to spend 10 days in the minors once optioned, but those rules don’t apply when they are recalled for injury.

Helsley has been with the major league team four different times this season, and has posted a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings.

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