Mike Leake went on the DL August 22 diagnosed with shingles.
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As Cardinals 28 year old starter Mike Leake found out, shingles knows no age limit. Usually an illness associated with the elderly, cases have been noted for the young set, also. Leake was diagnosed August 22 of the very painful illness. However, it was caught early, now recovered and has been with the team since their series with the Cincinnati Reds with bullpen reps.
Rookie Alex Reyes, who had been called up for his debut August 9, as part of the Cardinals bullpen. With Leake going on the 15-Day DL, Reyes got the nod to take over for Leake. He made two starts, August 27 against the Oakland A's and September 2 against the Cincinnati Reds. In his two starts he received no-decisions for both appearances and holds a 1.35 ERA. Reyes will be returned to the bullpen for mid-inning/long relief. In his first five games, 9.1 IP, he allowed no earned runs, 13 strikeouts for a 0.00 ERA.
As of yesterday, the "discussion" of Leake returning to the rotation was still up in the air by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Evidently, he was cleared for his return to the rotation and make his start Wednesday night facing Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon (3-4/3.25 ERA). Taillon made his debut June 8 with the Pirates. Leake is (9-9/4.56 ERA). Facing the Pirates he holds a 4.76 ERA at PNC Park and is 7-4/4.55 ERA away from Busch Stadium.