Cardinals to send RHP Sonny Gray, OF Lars Nootbaar to IL

By Thomson Reuters Mar 23, 2024 | 3:07 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals will start the regular season with right-hander Sonny Gray and outfielder Lars Nootbaar on the injured list, manager Oliver Marmol said Saturday.

Gray has a right hamstring strain that will send him to the 15-day IL, while Nootbaar is headed to the 10-day IL with multiple non-displaced rib fractures. The Cardinals already had outfielder Tommy Edman (wrist) headed to the IL to open the season.

Gray, 34, was 8-8 with a 2.79 ERA in 32 starts for the Minnesota Twins last season, finishing second in American League Cy Young Award voting during an All-Star campaign. He is a three-time All-Star.

In 279 career appearances (270 starts), Gray is 98-85 with a 3.47 ERA for the Oakland Athletics (2013-17), New York Yankees (2017-18), Cincinnati Reds (2019-21) and Twins (2022-23).

Nootbaar, 26, batted .261 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs for the Cardinals last season and has 33 home runs and 101 RBIs in 283 games for the Cardinals over the past three seasons.

–Field Level Media