Bowman, Voit return for Cards as Martinez hits paternity list -

Bowman, Voit return for Cardinals as Jose Martinez hits paternity list

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ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -

The Cardinals announced Friday that reliever Matt Bowman and first baseman Luke Voit have been added to the roster. Daniel Poncedeleon, who did not see action during his stint with the big club, has been optioned back to Class-AAA Memphis, while Jose Martinez has been added to the paternity list. The team announced earlier in the week that Martinez would miss the weekend series against the Cubs as he returns home to Venezuela for the birth of his child.

Bowman spent nearly a month on the disabled list with blisters on his pitching hand, and returns after allowing one run on three hits in four innings during his rehab assignment with Memphis. For St. Louis this season, Bowman has appeared in 17 games and holds a 5.82 ERA.

Voit has made a solid impact on the Cardinals in his rare big-league opportunities this season, going 2 for 4 with a walk, a home run and three RBIs. He could see an increased role this time around, as he replaces the team’s primary first baseman on the roster for the weekend. It is also possible Mike Matheny uses Martinez’s absence as a chance to get more opportunities for Matt Carpenter at first, allowing more playing time for Jedd Gyorko in the starting lineup.

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