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John Gast | Starting Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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John Gast retired from baseball in January.
Gast used to be a pretty decent pitching prospect for the Cardinals and made three starts for them in 2013, but he had shoulder surgery that July and just hasn't been the same pitcher since. "Physically I am healthy but I just wasn’t quite back to the same ability," he said. "After the surgery I pitched two seasons and had moderate success I would say, but it never really came back to me." Gast will turn 27 on Tuesday. Mon, Feb 15, 2016 04:06:00 PM

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Cardinals reassigned LHP John Gast, RHP Mike Mayers, C Steve Bean and C Alberto Rosario to minor league camp.

There are no real surprises among this group of cuts. Gast is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Memphis where he'll function as rotation depth for the Cardinals.
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 10:01:00 AM

John Gast (shoulder) allowed one run over five innings in a start for High-A Palm Beach on Monday.

It was Gast's first outing since he underwent surgery on his left lat last July. The left-hander has been brought along slowly but should make it up to Triple-A Memphis before long.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 01:00:00 PM

Cardinals sent LHP John Gast outright to Triple-A Memphis.

Gast, a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2010, registered a promising 1.16 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in seven appearances this past season at the Triple-A level. He also made three starts in the majors, but those didn't go as smoothly. The 24-year-old southpaw had surgery on his left lat in July and is a question mark for the start of spring training next February.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 09:07:00 AM

John Gast will undergo season-ending surgery on his left lat.

Gast has been out since late May with a strained lat, and he simply hadn't progressed as hoped. "That's obviously why we needed to have surgery," Gast said, "because it wasn't getting better." The young left-hander will be sidelined 4-5 months but should be fine for spring training.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 09:54:00 PM

John Gast remains shut down, as he's still having some soreness in his left lat.

Gast has been on the shelf since late May with the injury and is obviously not close to returning. The Cardinals had expected him to be out as long as two months, so it's not surprising that he's still sidelined. He should make it back before the end of the minor league season but seems unlikely to be a factor on the big league club.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 01:09:00 PM

John Gast has been diagnosed with a strained left lat.

The Cardinals were encouraged by the diagnosis. "The timetable is to be determined, but the good news is that it's not the shoulder or the elbow," general manager John Mozeliak said. "Hopefully, it's something that won't take too long. With a lat, it can be up to a month or a month and a half. We'll see." Michael Wacha is taking Gast's spot in the rotation.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:52:00 PM

John Gast will have his left shoulder examined by Dr. Lyndon Gross on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Gast was placed on the disabled list this weekend after suffering a left shoulder strain during his Saturday start against the Dodgers. The Cardinals are considering promoting Michael Wacha to take his rotation spot, which means Gast might head back to Triple-A Memphis once he's deemed fit to face live batters again.
Mon, May 27, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Cardinals placed LHP John Gast on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Gast left Saturday's start against the Dodgers in the second inning due to tightness in the shoulder. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be out, but it will likely be a while. The Cards are likely to call up Michael Wacha to replace him in the rotation.
Sun, May 26, 2013 12:39:00 PM

John Gast left in the second inning of his start Saturday against the Dodgers due to left shoulder tightness.

Gast's velocity was down from the first pitch, so it's not surprising to find out that he was dealing with an injury. If he has to make a trip to the disabled list, reliever Joe Kelly or last year's first-round pick Michael Wacha could be options to replace him in the rotation.
Sat, May 25, 2013 08:03:00 PM

John Gast left Saturday's game against the Dodgers in the second inning due to an undisclosed injury.

The left-hander wasn't right from the outset, as his fastball was sitting 82-84 miles per hour with no command in the first inning. He was replaced by reliever Joe Kelly, who may take the open spot in the rotation should the injury force Gast to miss a start.
Sat, May 25, 2013 07:57:00 PM

John Gast held the Brewers to two runs over 5 1/3 innings Sunday in the Cardinals' 4-2 victory.

Gast is now 2-0 through his first two major league starts. The left-hander does not have dominant stuff, but he induced eight groundball outs and had good command of his changeup all afternoon. He is likely to take at least one more turn in the Cardinals' rotation while Jake Westbrook nurses a balky elbow.
Sun, May 19, 2013 04:58:00 PM

John Gast will get another start on Sunday against the Brewers.

Gast fared pretty well in his major league debut Tuesday, as he would have given up just two runs over six innings if not for a botched rundown that preceded a two-run homer. The Cards are hopeful that Jake Westbrook (elbow) will be ready next week, so Gast's start Sunday could be his last with the big club.
Wed, May 15, 2013 06:18:00 PM

John Gast allowed four earned runs over six innings but the Cardinals beat the Mets on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Gast was pitching a shutout through five innings before the Mets exploded for four runs in the sixth. It was the 24-year-old left-hander's major league debut and he struck out three batters while issuing only one walk, earning his first win. Gast could get one more turn in the Cardinals' rotation before Jake Westbrook (elbow) returns. He's not a great fantasy option.
Tue, May 14, 2013 11:07:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of LHP John Gast from Triple-A Memphis.

Gast will fill in for Jake Westbrook, who landed on the disabled list over the weekend with right elbow inflammation. The 24-year-old was off to a nice start with the Memphis Redbirds, posting a 1.16 ERA and 35/13 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings. He's worth a temporary look in NL-only leagues, especially with Tuesday's promising matchup against the weak-hitting Mets.
Tue, May 14, 2013 01:05:00 PM

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