TODAY: Manager Oliver Marmol told reporters (including MLB.com’s John Denton) that Naughton’s MRI didn’t show any structural damage, so Naughton may have only suffered a forearm strain. The lefty will continue to be evaluated over the next few days as the Cardinals determine his recovery plan.
APRIL 8: The Cardinals placed left-hander Packy Naughton on the 15-day injured list, as Naughton is suffering from a left forearm strain. Genesis Cabrera has been called up from Triple-A to fill Naughton’s place in the bullpen with another southpaw.
There wasn’t much doubt that Naughton would need some type of visit to the IL after he removed himself from last night’s 4-0 loss to the Brewers. Naughton entered the game in the eighth inning, retired two batters and then walked Christian Yelich before motioning to the Cardinals’ dugout that something was amiss. The club has yet to comment on the severity of Naughton’s strain or if the worst-case scenario of Tommy John surgery is being considered, but Naughton will almost certainly miss more than 15 days while recovering.
Naughton (who turns 27 later this month) is in his third Major League season, after initially being selected by the Reds in the ninth round of the 2017 draft. The Angels acquired Naughton as part of the trade that sent Brian Goodwin to Cincinnati at the 2020 trade deadline, and St. Louis claimed Naughton off waivers from Anaheim prior to the start of the 2022 season.
With both the Angels in 2021 and the Cards last year, Naughton has spent a lot of time shuttling back and forth from Triple-A, working as both a spot starter and increasingly as a reliever with St. Louis. The more permanent move to relief work has seemingly bumped up Naughton’s strikeout rates, while he has continued to exhibit the solid control that has helped up rise up the minor league ranks. Naughton has a 3.69 ERA over 453 1/3 innings in the minors, and a 4.98 ERA over his 59 2/3 frames as a big leaguer, which includes five innings of scoreless ball this season.
It hasn’t been a smooth start to the season for the Cardinals bullpen, and losing Naughton won’t help matters. Cabrera joins Zack Thompson as the only left-handed members of the relief corps, though JoJo Romero is at the Triple-A level. Between a dropoff in strikeouts and an increase in his home run rate, Cabrera struggled to a 4.63 ERA over 44 2/3 innings for St. Louis last season, and a good Spring Training performance wasn’t enough to win him a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Packy Naughton sounds like a guy who threw spit balls in the 1920s
He sounds like a lightweight prizefighter who fought once a week for groceries.
Sounds like a bookie from the 1930’s.
Sounds like a Sparanos character who gets wacked in a deli
Dan McLaughlin pled guilty to his third DUI offense the other day and has asked for privacy as he works through this with his family. Meanwhile he is more active than ever on Twitter in a desperate attempt to remain in the public eye and cling to what he once has. He also posts regular content on his so-called news website with Bernie Miklasz. He does all of this because he wants privacy and is hoping to show contrition for his issues.
Little Stevie Janowsky
Grow up, what’s wrong with you?
Making note of someone’s inability to control their drinking habits and repeatedly putting the lives of others in jeopardy is immature? Interesting take on the situation.
Nottingham, I hope you feel better now. You still may have time today to throw someone else under the bus.
He repeatedly made a dangerous and illegal decision which became public record. Being aware of this means he’s been thrown under the bus?
What you say is true. It shows just how powerful of an addiction alcohol can be. Dan has lost the dream job he has always wanted and his credibility. If he is trying to remain relative it is likely a fight to remain alive. Hoping that one day he can actually be fully recovered. I just don’t see what any of this has to do with the article presented.
Not sure what any of this has to do with the article..guessing you are just cranky since your football team got whooped by AV.
They should have come away with a point today, but Everton has looked terrible so I’m confident they’ll avoid the drop at Everton’s expense ultimately.
I love that you post this and say that HE has a desperate need for attention.
He should have a cage match with Thom Brennnaman. The winner can be Mr. Irrelevant.
With nine teams within seven points of each other, it will go down to the wire. Southampton, definitely gone, which means the James Ward-Prowse sweepstakes is on. I also have Bournemouth in for the drop. I just hope the third team isn’t Leicester or the Wolves.
Still can’t believe Forest got THE Keylor Navas… I wonder how well would the 30 guys they signed look on the books if they go down
He should be thrown in jail.
Not under any bus.
Thank God no one was thrown under his car.
No one’s picking on a guy for a drinking problem. It’s his decision to drive. Three DUI’s. That’s two failures at learning what could be a deadly lesson…with some poor innocent soul paying the price.
I remember Leonard Little killing a teenager while he was driving drunk. Je never spent a day in jail. And was again nailed for drunk driving.
It’s not fair to the public at large.
I am enjoying Carey so much more than McLaughlin. I appreciate Carey not feeling like he has to talk every second of the broadcast and not over exaggerating every Cardinals hit and defensive play.
Mclaughlin was classy with Chip Carey when they met the other day. Dan wished Chip well then tipped his lampshade to him.
Ya I kind of feel you on that. Sometimes I just want sports commentators to call it straight. I have no doubt it’s expected of them to slant toward the home team and I get that they do. Someone is signing their checks.
Here’s hoping Genesis can come up throwing strikes. He can be more dominant than Naughton by far. An effective Cabrera makes the bullpen much better. Hopefully Hicks gets sent down or shipped out soon.
Little Stevie Janowsky
Packy was one of the few bright spots on the cardinals. Cabrera is awful and shouldn’t be in the majors.
Hicks is out of options, he would have to clear waivers first. That’s why he was kept coming out of spring training. But he only has swing stuff rather than swing and miss stuff. Someone needs to tell Marmol he’s not allowed to use him anymore.
Figured Kramden would be called up with Naughton.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Ralph Kramden is busy sailin’ Alice over the clubhouse wall
I picture them telling Packy his injury diagnosis by leaning out of a window and yelling upstairs to his apartment: “NAUGHTON!!??? Come on down here, I wanna talk to ya!”
I like Packy, good stuff.
minor league guy
the cards ability to draft dudes with great names will never cease to amaze me
Packy wasn’t drafted by Cardinals. Drafted by Reds and also was in Angels system before Cards picked him up
Thank you for that super necessary correction.
I actually thought the correction was interesting. More interesting than the initial comment.
Sure. If you’re into Hjerpe(s) they have you covered.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Didn’t know there was a Packy Naughton. Not sure what that is but imagine an old timey picture dating back to the gay 90s- Tinkers Evers and Packy
Rest assured, Cards fans, the organization always has another bandaid to put on gushing wounds.
It’s not surprising the Cards’ first quality start of the season came from Montgomery. Well done, Jordan, your team seriously needed a solid performance from a starting staff that’s been bad so far.
20 million Yankees fans…
There are some serious #s guys around here, so does anyone know how many ABs Arenado had between HR 299 and 300? Seems to me like it was a long wait. I’m sure he feels relieved to have finally passed that milestone.
Not sure about AB’s, but it was sixteen games (9 last year and 7 this year), approximately 64 AB’s. Long enough to wear on you for sure.
50 AB, 54 PA
“Naughton! Nawwwton! Pal-o-mine!”
286 game winner Tommy John had one of those.
Actually, TJ might have won 288. Not sure. Doing this from cold memory. Very cold. Frigid.
Any relation to Kyle Naughton Jr?