The St. Louis Cardinals will return left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim to their depleted starting rotation when they host the Miami Marlins Tuesday night.
Kim will come off the 10-day injured list to start the second game of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals took the opener 4-2 Monday night to earn just their third victory in 14 games.
The Marlins lost for the ninth time in their past 10 road games.
The Cardinals are trying to stabilize their starting pitching. They will turn to Kim after getting quality starts from Carlos Martinez (no earned runs in seven innings) and Adam Wainwright (two earned runs in six innings) in their past two games.
“Pitching like he’s capable and healthy, (Kim) is a big lift,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “Having a guy that was really good for us last year get back to that form would be very important. For him to be able to get deep into games, work fast, control counts, that would be another nice asset.”
Kim (1-4, 4.05 ERA) aggravated his earlier back issue when running the bases, and the Cardinals’ rotation collapsed in his absence. He joined Jack Flaherty (oblique muscle tear) and Miles Mikolas (flexor tendon streak) on the IL.
“We were first in the division and now we’re (fourth) right now,” Kim said told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via a translator. “I know that some of the starters among us have injuries. I know I have to do my best when I’m starting and the most important thing is helping the team win. I still have to do my best.”
Kim, who allowed 10 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings in his past three starts, will be making his first career start against the Marlins.
Left-hander Trevor Rogers (7-3, 2.02) will get the starting call for the Marlins. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season.
He won his last start 11-4 over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. He allowed the two runs on four hits while striking out eight batters over his seven innings.
The victory was a step forward in his first full big-league campaign.
“Big boost of confidence,” Rogers said. “It just makes me want to go attack the strike zone even more, without really having to nibble on the edges as much. Not to make as perfect as pitches. So I just go out there and really keep the competitiveness up, and attack the strike zone.”
Rogers, the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft, lost to the Cardinals 4-1 on April 5. He struck out six batters in his four-inning stint, but he walked four hitters and allowed three runs, two of them earned.
Yadier Molina went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs off of Rogers in that game.
–Field Level Media