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Cardinal turns to Jack Flaherty to take the series from the Cubs

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty's pre-injury form search continues for a visit to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Fraherty (0-0. 7.50 ERA) makes his third start after the Cardinals and Cubs have been off the 60-day injured list when playing a three-game series of rubber games. ..

The Cubs won 3-0 on Friday and the Cardinals bounced back to win 5-3 on Saturday.

After missing the first two and a half months of the season with bursitis on the shoulder, right-handed Flaherty had a hard time finding and repeating his mechanism. He continued only three innings on each of the two starts, including walking five Brewers with a Cardinals 6-2 victory on Tuesday.

"The game didn't work that well," Flaherty said. "I didn't have a really good one. I didn't have any good commands, but give us a chance to fight to keep the game right."

In retrospect, Fraherty probably had to start some more rehab in the minor before returning to the major.

"We are weighing it against other options at that location in the rotation," said Oliver Marmol, manager of the cardinals. "So are you considering the option of building Jack here? And our vote was yes. His vote was yes. It looked as expected. Was it? No. As a competitor, are you sure he will understand his next outing? Yes. "

The Cardinals bullpen behind Fraherty is in danger on Sunday. Be exposed. Henesis Cabrera landed on the 10-day injury list on Saturday, urging Jake Woodford to arrive from Triple A Memphis.

Late inning rescuer Geo Bunny Galegos threw 32 pitches on Saturday and Ryan Helsley threw 36 pitches as he covered the last three innings of the Cardinals. rice field. Their availability on Sunday is questionable.

Right-handed Alex Mills (0-1, 8.59 ERA) leave the bullpen to make the first start of the less injured Cubs season. He made a 4 1/3 inning on Monday, losing 12-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates on his last expedition and allowing 5 runs with 8 hits. He also hit the batter.

Mills haven't faced the Cardinals this season. He is 0-2 and has recorded 4.26 ERA in seven career appearances, including five starts.

Cubs outfielder Ian Happ recorded his 46th career RBI against the Cardinal on Friday. He is one to four against Fraherty on two walks, a home run and his career.

"When we were inconsistent along the way, he was held back in the middle of our order," said Cubs manager David Ross. "He's definitely one of our all-stars."

Happ was 29 to 83 in June with 8 doubles, 3 home runs and 10 RBIs. He is 9 to 26 with a home run and 4 RBIs against the Cardinals this season.

"It's great to be able to play here every day with the left fielder and hit in the middle of an order," Happ told NBC Sports Chicago. "My focus is to keep doing that as much as possible."

– Field-level media