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Masterson excited about new opportunity with Cardinals

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 04: Justin Masterson #63 of the Cleveland Indians throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) By Gregory Shamus DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 04: Justin Masterson #63 of the Cleveland Indians throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) By Gregory Shamus

(BaseballStL) - In the “other” trade the Cardinals made – the one that didn’t cost the Cardinals two Major Leaguers named Allen Craig and Joe Kelly – the Redbirds picked up a pitcher who figures to fit in quite well with the team.

Hint: He throws a lot of sinkers.

Justin Masterson is expected to provide further depth in a starter rotation that in in desperate need of innings.  And he’s anxious to be that guy.

“I’m excited. After leaving where I was (Cleveland) and closing the door and saying it’s time for a new (beginning).  I’m excited.  There’s a lot of great things happening,” Masterson said.

The newly acquired righty is a little bit of an enigma.  He was an All Star last season for the Indians with a 3.45 ERA over 193 innings.  But this season has been quite a struggle for the 29-year old.  He’s thrown just 98 innings, due partly to being on the disabled list, and has a 5.51 earned run average during that time.

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With an expiring contract and the Indians out of the running for a playoff spot, he had a feeling his days in Cleveland were numbered.

“I figured something was going to happen at some point (with a trade) but I wasn’t totally expecting it right at that moment.  I’m thankful to come over here,” Masterson said.

He’ll take the ball for the first time on Saturday against the Brewers as the Cards try and retake 1st place in the division.

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