Wainwright, who has been rehabbing to rejoin the team as a reliever, will start Saturday for Class AA Springfield, and his pitch count will increase to 65 or 70 pitches. The Cardinals pushed his start back one day and elevated his pitch count to get him ready in case he's needed as a starting pitcher. Facing uncertainty with Carpenter, the Cardinals want Wainwright to be available for either role -- starter or, potentially, closer ... Said pitching coach Dave Duncan: "It opens the door to do that (use Wainwright as a starter) if that's what we decide to do."
Meanwhile, 23-year-old Chris Perez just picked up his third save. It was a five-out, two-K performance. Perez now has an ERA of 3.41, 29 Ks in 29 innings, and he's only allowed one hit in 5.1 innings this month.
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