Cardinals add Cabrera as 26th man for doubleheader

The Cardinals recalled Génesis Cabrera as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader.
John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

ST. LOUIS — Major League Baseball permits teams to add a 26th man on days of doubleheaders, and the St. Louis Cardinals took advantage of that provision on Saturday, announcing that left-hander Génesis Cabrera will join the team for the first of two straight doubleheaders with the Cincinnati Reds.

Cabrera, of course, is eligible to remain with the team the rest of the way if the front office so desires, as rosters expand to a maximum of 40 players as the calendar turns to September on Sunday. Though he’s contributed as both a starter and a reliever at the major league level this season, Cabrera is expected to pitch out of the Cards’ bullpen for the time being.

The 22-year-old Cabrera, who made his major league debut for the Cardinals in May of this year, has a 6.17 ERA, 10 strikeouts and seven walks over 11 2/3 innings in the big leagues. Over 20 appearances (18 starts) at Triple-A Memphis this season, he is 5-6 with a 5.91 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 39 walks over 99 frames.