Cardinals activate Holland, put Bowman on 10-day DL
The St. Louis Cardinals swapped out two relief pitchers Tuesday, one a spot closer who took the loss in Monday night’s 10th-inning heartbreak at Philadelphia, the other the club’s would-be closer who has struggled mightily.
Bowman, 27, was the losing pitcher against the Phillies, who scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th after the Cardinals had taken a one-run lead in the top of the frame. Bowman, who is 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA in 20 games this season, previously missed 26 games (May 18-June 14) with finger blisters.
Holland, who signed a one-year, $14 million contract at the beginning of the season, presumably to be the club’s closer, has been out since May 26 with a right hip impingement. He had gone 0-2 with a 9.45 ERA in 13 1/3 innings (18 games) prior to the DL stint. The right-hander is coming off a five-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield. He allowed four runs and struck out four batters over five innings.