Familiar faces return to Cards clubhouse in latest roster shuffle

Familiar faces return to Cards clubhouse in latest roster shuffle

Familiar faces return to Cards clubhouse in latest roster shuffle

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

KMOV.com

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 1:13 PM

(BaseballStL) — With two more Cardinals heading to the DL Sunday, the club made a couple additions to the St. Louis clubhouse Monday.

Joining the Cardinals in Colorado will be reliever Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma. 

Already carrying a short bench in order to hold 13 pitchers, the Cardinals replaced Kolten Wong Sunday on the roster with Shane Robinson. 

When Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia went down, Carlos Martinez was plugged into Wacha’s slot in the rotation on a full-time basis. 

Fornataro arrives as a stop gap in the bullpen, having posted a 0.87 ERA in June and sporting a 3.27 ERA and four saves in his 19 games for Memphis. 

His previous stay in the bigs saw him log 7.2 innings of work while allowing four runs on eight hits. 

With Mark Ellis taking over everyday duties at second base, the Cardinals were left with just one backup infielder in Daniel Descalso. Pete Kozma arrives to provide infield depth, having started at shortstop for the Cardinals nearly all of last season. 

He has hit .234 batting (44-for-188) in his 59 games played in AAA this season with four home runs and 24 RBIs. He’s hit lefties well, though, going .295 against them with a .941 OPS. 

All this still leaves the Cardinals one starter short. Joe Kelly is close to coming back, and figures to have a regular rotation role, but likely won’t be ready by Wednesday; the day Garcia is supposed to start. 

Tyler Lyons would be available to throw, as his scheduled day is Tuesday. However, his last start went just 3.2 innings as he allowed six runs on nine hits. 

Nick Greenwood would be another candidate, having started before in both AA and AAA. 

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