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Cardinals activate Bader, send Wainwright to COVID-19 IL as 'precaution'

Wainwright is the first player for the Cardinals put on the COVID-19 IL this season

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals did some roster shuffling on Thursday night that could shake up the lineup and starting rotation.

The team announced they had activated outfielder Harrison Bader from the 10-Day Injured List (right elbow) and recalled right-handed reliever Kodi Whitley from the team's Alternate Training site in Sauget.

In corresponding moves the Cardinals put starter Adam Wainwright on the COVID-19 IL and moved left-handed reliever Andrew Miller (right foot, toe blister) to the IL.

Wainwright is the first player for the Cardinals put on the COVID-19 IL this season.

5 On Your Side's Frank Cusumano reports the Wainwright move to the COVID-19 IL is precautionary.

"Adam Wainwright has been placed on the injured list because of a contact tracing issue. So he is on the Covid list as a precaution. He was not at the ballpark today and did not travel to Pittsburgh," Cusumano Tweeted.

The Cardinals were one of the first teams in baseball to reach the 85% vaccination threshold, and have been allowed to adopt relaxed protocols.

Wainwright, 39, is the oldest player in the National League and in his 16th season with the Cardinals. Wainwright is 0-3 with a 4.08 ERA this season. He took the loss in a complete game showing against the Phillies last time out.

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