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Justin Masterson | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Masterson has been demoted to the bullpen.
Masterson had one good start and five really bad ones in his month-long trial run in the Cardinals' rotation. A starter for Thursday has not been announced, but prospect Marco Gonzales looked pretty sharp on Saturday against the Cubs and could take the vacant spot. Sep 1 - 12:57 PM

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Justin Masterson was chased after giving up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.

Masterson gave up six hits, including three home runs. He now owns a 7.43 ERA with 28 hits and 10 walks allowed in 23 innings over his first five starts since coming over from the Indians. It's hard to imagine the Cardinals will keep him in the rotation much longer.
Aug 30 - 4:59 PM

Justin Masterson plans to pitch exclusively out of the stretch during Saturday's start versus the Cubs.

The idea is to simplify his mechanics as much as possible. With a 7.43 ERA over five starts with the Cardinals, Masterson is willing to give it a shot. If he doesn't pitch better Saturday, he could be booted from the rotation. "For the most part, I was pitching out of the windup, and things would get better out of the stretch at times," Masterson said. "So we simplified it. I went only out of the stretch (in the bullpen). Less moving parts. You don’t have to worry about step back, turn around, ready to throw. We’re simplifying, really simplifying."
Aug 29 - 9:05 AM

Justin Masterson was roughed up again Sunday, giving up five runs over three innings in a loss to the Phillies.

Masterson didn't have much of anything, as he gave up six hits and walked two in his three innings of work. This marks the fourth subpar start in five turns since joining the Cardinals, owning a 7.43 ERA and 1.65 WHIP through 23 innings. With the Cardinals in a playoff hunt and Masterson getting lit up at every turn, it wouldn't be surprising if they started looking elsewhere for starts very soon.
Aug 24 - 4:15 PM

Justin Masterson got a no-decision, allowing four runs in five innings as the Cardinals won in extra innings against the Reds on Monday.

Masterson has been mediocre or worse in three of four starts with his new club, emblematic of his season overall. The right-hander yielded five hits -- including a three-run home run to Jay Bruce -- while walking two and striking out five. Masterson has an ugly 5.64 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 107/64 K/BB ratio. He'll take on the Phillies on the road next Sunday.
Aug 18 - 11:58 PM

Justin Masterson hurled seven shutout frames Wednesday in the Cardinals' 5-2 defeat of the Marlins.

It was a surprisingly effective performance from the big right-hander, who struggled mightily in his first two starts after being traded to St. Louis. Masterson allowed only three Miami hits -- all singles -- and did not walk a batter while inducing 15 groundball outs. Maybe he will build on this effort going forward, but inconsistency has been an issue all season for him. Masterson faces the Reds at home next.
Aug 13 - 9:57 PM

Justin Masterson was chased for five runs over two-plus innings in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

Masterson allowed the first four batters to reach in the bottom of the third inning before being pulled from the game. His line could have looked a lot worse if Nick Greenwood didn't manage to work out of a bases-loaded jam. All told, Masterson allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and three walks while throwing just 33 out of 61 pitches for strikes. He has allowed 10 runs in eight innings over his first two starts with the Cardinals, so the early returns on the trade with Cleveland aren't looking good.
Aug 8 - 10:55 PM

Making his St. Louis debut, Justin Masterson was tagged for five runs on seven hits across six innings in a victory over Milwaukee.

He struck out four and walked three. It won't always be this easy pitching in Missouri, but Masterson won't reject his good fortune. The offense battered Kyle Lohse and company for nine runs in a 9-7 win; Masterson had a 6-1 lead by the end of the second inning. The Cardinals activated the right-hander from the disabled list on Friday -- he'd been out for almost a month with a right knee injury. Overall, he's 5-6 with a 5.63 ERA on the season.
Aug 2 - 11:18 PM

Cardinals acquired RHP Justin Masterson from the Indians in exchange for OF James Ramsey.

Masterson has struggled in his walk season, posting a 5.51 ERA over 19 starts. However, he's dealt with a knee issue and the Cards are hopeful that he'll pick things up if that injury is behind him. He should also certainly benefit from a move to the National League. Masterson will make his Cardinals' debut on Saturday against the Brewers.
Jul 30 - 2:55 PM's Peter Gammons reports that the Cardinals are set to acquire Justin Masterson from the Indians.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman says the Cardinals will send James Ramsey to the Indians in the deal. Masterson has struggled in his walk season, posting a 5.51 ERA over 19 starts. He's battled a knee injury, though, and the Cards are obviously hoping he's healthy and can improve in a move to the National League. Masterson should make his Cardinals' debut on Saturday against the Brewers. St. Louis presumably is out of picture for Jon Lester and David Price now.
Jul 30 - 2:07 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians are "very willing to move" Justin Masterson.

Passan says the Indians want "young, controllable starting pitching" in return, which is going to be a tough find. Masterson can become a free agent after the season and owns a rough 5.51 ERA and 1.63 ERA in 98 innings this year. The big right-hander is also on the disabled list currently with a right knee injury, though he's due back Friday night.
Jul 28 - 1:48 PM

Justin Masterson is scheduled to be activated Friday against the Rangers.

Masterson has been out with a right knee injury since July 8. He had struggled prior to this injury, holding a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts this season.
Jul 26 - 5:22 PM

Justin Masterson struggled during his second rehab start with Triple-A Columbus on Friday, allowing five runs on four hits over his 6 2/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander struggled mightily with his command, issuing six walks and throwing just 62 of his 108 pitches for strikes. This outing certainly won't help his trade value, and it's likely he'll need at least one more tune-up before rejoining the Indians rotation.
Jul 25 - 9:31 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that teams have asked the Indians about the availability of Justin Masterson.

Making his way back from a knee injury, Masterson will make his second rehab start with Triple-A Columbus on Friday and could wind up returning with another team. The 29-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season after extension talks with the Indians this spring broke down. Masterson has put up a disappointing 5.51 ERA through 19 starts in his walk year, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him have a nice second half if his knee is right.
Jul 24 - 9:58 PM

Justin Masterson (knee) will make another rehab start with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

Masterson allowed a pair of runs over five innings in his first outing for Columbus on Sunday. The Indians contemplated having him rejoin the big league rotation on Friday but ultimately decided he'd be best off making another rehab start. He should be back in the Tribe's rotation next week.
Jul 21 - 6:24 PM

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