Cardinals place Punto on 15-day DL - KMOV.com

Cardinals place Punto on 15-day DL

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St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nick Punto fields a ground ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen  in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 13, 2011, in Cincinnati. Punto threw Rolen out at first. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nick Punto fields a ground ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Scott Rolen in the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 13, 2011, in Cincinnati. Punto threw Rolen out at first. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals placed infielder Nick Punto on the disabled list with a right forearm injury, a day after he was unavailable to play on defense.

Infielder Pete Kozma, the franchise's first-round pick in 2007, was recalled from Triple-A Memphis and made the major leagues for the first time.

The 23-year-old Kozma was batting .220 with 17 RBIs in 38 games at Memphis, but had 12 RBIs in 16 games this month -- including a four-RBI game Saturday and a 4-for-4 game on Sunday.

Punto was batting .262 with 11 RBIs in 65 at-bats, and is the lone Cardinals player with 90 or chances with no errors. He began the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia in February.

The team said Punto has a right forearm flexor strain.

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