Cards' Punto to DL, Kozma to Make MLB Debut

Infielder Nick Punto hits the disabled list with shortstop Pete Kozma getting his first call to the bigs.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday afternoon that infielder Nick Punto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right forearm flexor strain. The team has recalled from Memphis (AAA) its former (2007) No.1 draft selection, infielder Pete Kozma, who will be making his Major League debut with his first game appearance.

Pete Kozma
Kozma, 23, was batting .220 (31-for-141) with 17 RBI in 38 games at Memphis, but after a slow start, had posted a .245 (13-for-53) mark with 12 RBI in 16 games in May. He enjoyed a four-RBI game on May 14 vs. Fresno and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort on May 15 vs. the Grizzlies.

The 6-0, 170-pound right-handed hitting Kozma is a native of Owasso, Okla. He joins both Colby Rasmus and Tyler Greene (2005) as former No. 1 St. Louis draft selections currently on the team's Major League roster. Brett Wallace, traded to acquire Matt Holliday in 2009, was also a Cardinals No. 1 draft selection (2008) and he is in town with the Houston Astros for a two-game series beginning Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.

Kozma (pronounced Koz-muh) has been assigned uniform #47.

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