Cardinals place righty Flaherty, OF Bader on IL

by Daryn Albert - The Cardinals placed right-hander Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) and center fielder Harrison Bader (right foot planter fasciitis) on the injured list Monday.

St. Louis Cardinals place right-hander Jack Flaherty, OF Harrison Bader on injured list 3:01 PM ET Jesse RogersESPN Staff Writer Close Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. The St. Louis Cardinals placed pitcher Jack Flaherty on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain and center fielder Harrison Bader on the 10-day injured list with planter fasciitis in his right foot, the team announced on Monday. Flaherty, 26, has made only three starts this season due to shoulder inflammation, posting a 5.63 ERA. He left his latest outing on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs after just two innings. He's battled injuries for the better part of two years, making a total of just 18 starts. Manager Oliver Marmol described Flaherty's issue to reporters as a "dead arm" instead of a continuation of any previous injury. Editor's Picks Bader, 28, is hitting .256 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and a .673 OPS this season. The Cardinals called up two rookies to take the place of Flaherty and Bader as right-hander James Naile and outfielder Connor Capel will make their major league debuts when called upon. They would be the Cardinals' 10th and 11th players to do so this season, second only to the Pittsburgh Pirates (12). Despite a spate of injuries this season, St. Louis is just a game out of first place in the NL Central while currently holding one of the three wild-card positions.