Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Days

Walden may get the first shot at closing for the Cardinals should Trevor Rosenthal be taken out of the role for some reason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Matheny has suggested that Walden could be used in the ninth inning, a good indication that with a strong spring Walden will likely be the top setup man for the Cardinals, racking up holds and the occasional save this season. Walden sports a career 3.10 ERA and 10.8 K/9. He could be one of the more valuable non-closing relievers in 2015.

Jordan Walden RP STL 2 Months

Walden agreed to a two-year deal with the Cardinals on Tuesday

Walden's deal will keep him under contract through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017. He was added to the Cardinals' bullpen as part of a deal that also sent Jason Heyward to the Cardinals and Shelby Miller to the Braves. The 27-year-old reliever could be a candidate for a spot in the back end of the Cardinals' bullpen over the next couple of seasons.

Jordan Walden RP STL 4 Months

Walden was traded to the Cardinals on Monday.

Walden had his best full season in the majors last year, posting a 2.88 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 62 strikeouts over 50 innings. He could find himself in the back end of the Cardinals bullpen in 2015 as well.

Jordan Walden RP STL 8 Months

Jordan Walden picked up his third save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

It was just a day of rest for Craig Kimbrel, who had pitched in three consecutive ballgames. Walden had no issues, retiring the Mets in 1-2-3 fashion with two strikeouts. The right-hander has been a solid contributor out of the 'pen for the Braves, now carrying a 2.70 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and a 33/12 K/BB ratio in 23 1/3 innings.

Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Months

Braves activated RHP Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list.

Walden wound up missing a little over a month with a strained left hamstring. The right-handed setup man will be available out of the Braves' bullpen Tuesday night.

Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Months

Jordan Walden (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Walden, out since early May with a strained left hamstring, threw a scoreless rehab inning Sunday with Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves have yet to announce a corresponding roster move, but Alex Wood could be sent to the minors to be stretched out as a starter.

Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Months

Jordan Walden (hamstring) threw a scoreless rehab inning Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Walden struck out two of the four batters he faced. "I felt good out there, hamstring felt good," the right-hander said after his outing. "I didn't have any issues with it again, so that was a positive." He is expected to rejoin the Braves on Tuesday in Colorado.

Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Months

Jordan Walden's (hamstring) scheduled rehab appearance on Saturday has been pushed to Sunday.

There's no problems, the Braves just wanted to give the right-hander an extra day. With the move, Walden will now likely rejoin the club in Colorado on Tuesday instead of Monday as originally hoped. Either way, he's close to a return.

Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Months

Jordan Walden (hamstring) will make his second minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, and if all goes well he'll rejoin the Braves bullpen on Monday in Colorado.

Walden has been sidelined for nearly a month with the hamstring issue, as the Braves have taken things slowly and cautiously in his recovery process. He posted a 2.92 ERA and fanned 19 in his first 12 1/3 innings before going on the shelf.

Jordan Walden RP STL 9 Months

Jordan Walden (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.

He should only need a few appearances before rejoining the Braves' bullpen. Walden posted a 2.92 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 12 1/3 relief innings before landing on the DL a month ago.