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Cardinals shuffle bullpen roster

Maikel Cleto & Rookie Barret Browning summoned from Memphis; Eduardo Sanchez and Sam Freeman sent down

The St. Louis Cardinals announced changes to their bullpen prior to this afternoon's game against the Pirates, as they recalled right-hander Maikel Cleto and purchased rookie lefty Barret Browning from Memphis (AAA).  To make room on the team's 25-man active roster, the Cardinals optioned right-hander Eduardo Sanchez and left-hander Sam Freeman to Memphis.  In addition, Kyle McClellan (right elbow strain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Browning's addition to the club's 40-man roster.

Cleto, 23, appeared in four games (5.0 IP) for the Cardinals earlier this season.  He was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (6.0 IP/1 ER) in recent action at Memphis.  In five games since June 19, he has allowed just three hits and struck out seven.  He earned a save for the Redbirds in their win against Albuquerque on Wednesday (June 27).

The St. Louis Cardinals announced changes to their bullpen prior to this afternoon's game against the Pirates, as they recalled right-hander Maikel Cleto and purchased rookie lefty Barret Browning from Memphis (AAA).  To make room on the team's 25-man active roster, the Cardinals optioned right-hander Eduardo Sanchez and left-hander Sam Freeman to Memphis.  In addition, Kyle McClellan (right elbow strain) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Browning's addition to the club's 40-man roster.

Cleto, 23, appeared in four games (5.0 IP) for the Cardinals earlier this season.  He was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (6.0 IP/1 ER) in recent action at Memphis.  In five games since June 19, he has allowed just three hits and struck out seven.  He earned a save for the Redbirds in their win against Albuquerque on Wednesday (June 27).

Browning, 27, will be making his Major League debut with his first appearance.  The 6-2, 205-pound Georgia native was selected by the Cardinals last December in the minor league portion of the Rule V Draft from the Los Angeles Angels. 

Browning has posted a 2-3 mark with a 1.89 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season for Memphis, holding the opposition to a .192 BA.  He has struck out 36 batters in 38.0 IP and allowed just one home run.  The former Florida State University Seminole will wear uniform # 62.

Sanchez (0-1, 6.60 ERA) has appeared in 17 games for the Cardinals this season and Freeman (0-1, 6.00 ERA) was used in 13 games since making his ML debut on June1.

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