Bullpen Help on the Way From Memphis

Josh Kinney has been called up from Triple-A Memphis to help shore up the Cards' beleaguer bullpen, in what is sure to be the first of a series of moves to try to get St. Louis on the winning track. The Cardinals have lost nine of their last ten games.

The St. Louis Cardinals looking for some up in the bullpen, called up Josh Kinney from Memphis Sunday.

Josh Kinney was the only member of the Memphis Redbirds that was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team recently.

Prior to yesterday's game in Memphis, the 6'1", 195 pound, 27 year old, Kinney has appeared in a team-leading 35 games for the Redbirds this season. He is 1-2 with a 1.62 ERA and one save. The right-hander has struck out 51 batters in 50 innings.

Kinney will be back in the metro St. Louis area where his baseball career started for him.

Josh originally signed with the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League out of Quincy University in 2001. The Cardinals purchased his contract from River City after he made only three appearances for the Rascals.

Kinney is in just his second season with AAA Memphis. He was promoted to AAA last May from AA Springfield, after posting a record of 4-1, with an ERA of 1.32 for the Springfield Cardinals.

Kinney led the Springfield ball club with 10 saves and 20 appearances out of the bullpen, allowing a remarkable four earned runs in 27.1 innings worth of work, before his promotion to Memphis.

It probably doesn't matter now for Kinney, but the PCL will play the International League All-Stars on Wednesday, July 12 in Toledo, OH at the Toledo MudHens' Fifth Third Field.

The 19th annual Triple-A All-Star game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and it looks like Kinney will be watching the game at home, probably wearing his major league uniform.

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