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Fuentes fans two in perfect inning at Double-A

ST. LOUIS -- Brian Fuentes' road to St. Louis took a stop in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, where the left-hander tossed a scoreless inning in the first of two scheduled Double-A appearances.

The outing was the third for Fuentes since he signed a Minor League deal with St. Louis on July 14. He was sent first to Florida, where Fuentes pitched two innings for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. He then left for Springfield so that he could make back-to-back appearances against tougher competition.

Fuentes entered Tuesday's game in the seventh and retired all three batters he faced. He struck out two in the 15-pitch inning.

"I think every step is good right now, just him getting back into it and realizing there is an opportunity here with a whole change of scenery," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said earlier on Tuesday. "And then it's about him executing."

Fuentes is scheduled to pitch in Wednesday's game as well, after which the Cardinals will decide if the left-hander needs more time in the Minors. If not, he could join the Cardinals by the end of the week.

Fuentes has an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to request his release if he is not on the Major League roster by the end of the month. He was released by the A's earlier in July.

ST. LOUIS -- Brian Fuentes' road to St. Louis took a stop in Springfield, Mo., on Tuesday, where the left-hander tossed a scoreless inning in the first of two scheduled Double-A appearances.

The outing was the third for Fuentes since he signed a Minor League deal with St. Louis on July 14. He was sent first to Florida, where Fuentes pitched two innings for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. He then left for Springfield so that he could make back-to-back appearances against tougher competition.

Fuentes entered Tuesday's game in the seventh and retired all three batters he faced. He struck out two in the 15-pitch inning.

"I think every step is good right now, just him getting back into it and realizing there is an opportunity here with a whole change of scenery," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said earlier on Tuesday. "And then it's about him executing."

Fuentes is scheduled to pitch in Wednesday's game as well, after which the Cardinals will decide if the left-hander needs more time in the Minors. If not, he could join the Cardinals by the end of the week.

Fuentes has an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to request his release if he is not on the Major League roster by the end of the month. He was released by the A's earlier in July.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.