HOUSTON -- Cardinals reliever Maikel Cleto pitched 2 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Astros. It was the longest stint of his career.
"We stretched him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "I hated taking him that long, but we were stuck in a spot. Somebody had to be our long guy and he came in and did a great job.
"I don't think we're going to see Cleto. "He did a great job, but he threw 41 pitches. So we're not going to see him tonight. He'll probably need two days."
Sam Freeman went 1 1/3 and will be limited, but according to Matheny, the rest of the bullpen is ready to go.
"Freeman could come in for one hitter [Wednesday], I would assume," Matheny said. "He did a nice job [Tuesday]. It was just the one error that was really the only negative from that outing."
The lefty struck out left- and right-handed batters Tuesday, fanning a total of three during his outing.
"He should, he's got a nice changeup," Matheny said. "It's a changeup that's effective enough to let him face a righty in between two lefties."