The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that pitcher Joe Kelly has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hamstring strain. The right-hander suffered the injury trying to beat out a bunt in the 5th inning of Wednesday’s loss at Milwaukee.
Additionally, the team has also optioned reliever Keith Butler to Memphis. Butler made two appearances (2.0 IP, 6 ER) for St. Louis this season.
In their places, the Cardinals will recall pitchers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon prior to tonight’s game in Washington.
Fornataro, 26, appeared in four games for Memphis this season, going 1-0 with the team’s lone save. He had yet to allow a run and had been touched for just one hit in 5.0 innings of work. The 6-1, 225-pound Fornataro was the Cardinals 6th round selection (185th player overall) in the 2006 draft out of Miami Dade Community College. He’s made 180 career minor league appearances (71 starts) and will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance. Fornataro will wear #67.
Rondon, 26, was an international (Calabozo, Venezuela) free-agent signing by the Cardinals in July of 2006 and is a product (2006-07) of the Cardinals former Venezuelan Summer League team. The 6-1, 215-pound Rondon led the Memphis squad with 51 relief appearances in 2013. He appeared in five games for Memphis this season, allowing three runs in 5.0 innings pitched.
Like Fornataro, he will also be making his Major League debut with his first appearance. Rondon will wear #68.
With both pitchers being relievers, it is still expected that Tyler Lyons–who pitched yesterday in Memphis, will be recalled when Kelly’s turn in the rotation comes up.
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