Chillicothe native Zach McAllister, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals red will look good on Zach McAllister.

Last month, the Chillicothe native signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and was assigned to Triple-A Memphis as a reliever. He had spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs, pitching in 11 games.

McAllister, 34, made his 2022 season debut last week, pitching an inning of relief with two strikeouts and a walk, while giving up two hits and a run. Memphis is in the 10-team International League’s West Division and is scheduled to make stops this season in Iowa, Indianapolis, Louisville and Nashville.

As a 2006 third-round pick of the New York Yankees, the Illinois Valley Central grad has rehabbed through a pair of injuries – a 2019 torn latissimus dorsi muscle and a fractured right humerus in 2020. He’s healthy and back throwing professionally where he’s logged over 1,400 innings in his 17-year career that includes a trip to the World Series with the Cleveland Indians in 2016.

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In this Q&A, McAllister talks with the Journal Star’s Adam Duvall about his road to recovery, joining the Cardinals organization, leadership and how he defines personal success.

How are you feeling?

“Good, good. I finally feel really healthy, just kind of like a new self, so everything’s healthy. (I’m) happy with things are at.

What have you done to get back to where you are?

“A lot. It was a long road. I think when I tore my lat in ’19. Surgery went well, and I was happy with everything, and everything was smooth, then COVID happened. We got shut down and (I) had a freak injury, had another surgery with a broken arm and a plate and screws and all that put in there to fix it.That was probably one of the toughest years that I’ve probably had to go through.

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