In a move that had been anticipated since the injury to Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen, that placed him on the 15 day DL, utility player Hector Luna has been sent to Memphis to make room for Jarvis on the roster.
Jarvis, the last player cut in spring training, has been starting at Memphis. La Russa said Jarvis, who threw more than 100 pitches Tuesday, probably would be available Saturday.
Twice in the past week, Jarvis has been named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the day.
The 35-year-old Jarvis has a career record of 34-46 with a 5.93 ERA and has played for seven teams. At Memphis, he was 2-0 with 20 strikeouts in 23 innings.
Prior to his call up, Kevin Jarvis led the Pacific Coast League starters with an 0.71 ERA in his four starts.
Luna, 25, spent the entire 2004 season on the Cardinals as a Rule 5 pick from the Cleveland Indians. He is primarily a middle infielder, but can also back up both corners and even appeared in the outfield in ten games last season. Luna hit .249 in 2004.
This spring, Luna started very slowly and seemed to be on the outs, but picked up his game in the past few weeks. Overall, the Dominican native hit .308, but struck out eight times in 39 at-bats and committed five errors in the field in Grapefruit League action.
He didn't see much action with the Cardinals in the first month of the season. Luna got a rare start in right field Thursday, going 1-for-3 with a double and a run-scoring groundout in the Cardinals' 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He's 3-for-11 on the season.
Luna is considered a potential everyday infielder by some and will benefit from seeing more playing time in Memphis.
Fans should expect to see Luna back in St. Louis before the season is over.
Jason Isringhausen the Cardinals closer is expected to come off the DL in two weeks which will cause another round of roster moves.