Cardinals Add Kozma, Fornataro as Backfill

The St. Louis Cardinals replace two injured starting pitchers with an infielder and a reliever on Monday.

With the St. Louis Cardinals officially announcing the 15-day disabled list placements of pitchers Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation, effective June 21) and Michael Wacha (right shoulder stress reaction, effective June 18) on Monday, two replacements were needed.

To that end, the Cardinals recalled reliever Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma from Triple-A Memphis.

Fornataro, 26, was 1-2, with a 3.27 ERA and four saves in his 19 games (22.0 innings) for Memphis. In June, the right-hander has a 0.87 ERA and three saves in eight appearances. Earlier, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound rookie appeared in seven games (7.2 innings) for St. Louis, logging a 4.70 ERA.

Kozma, 26, began the season on the Cardinals Opening Day roster, but appeared in just four games (1-for-3; .333 BA) before being optioned to Memphis on April 14 when Mark Ellis was activated. At Memphis, Kozma compiled a .234 batting average (44-for-188) in his 59 games with four home runs and 24 RBI. In June, Kozma is batting .233 with 11 RBI in 19 Pacific Coast League contests.

As of yet, the Cardinals have not announced who will take Garcia's Wednesday start. Various options are highlighted at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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