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Freeman excited to be back with Redbirds

ST. LOUIS -- Sam Freeman's arrival from Triple-A on Thursday provided the bullpen with a fresh reliever and someone who could be able to offer a multiple-inning appearance, if needed. He takes a bullpen spot from Keith Butler, who was sent back to Memphis after throwing 45 pitches on Wednesday.

Freeman, who had two stints with the Cardinals last season, posted a 2.95 ERA in 44 games with Memphis this year. He made 20 scoreless appearances from May 28 to July 26 and accrued 61 strikeouts in 64 innings. He has also learned to manage the impingement in his left shoulder that ended his 2012 Arizona Fall League stay early and then interrupted his Spring Training.

"I'm excited. I'm ready to go out and get outs," Freeman said after flying from Reno to St. Louis on Thursday. "I'm just trying to strip it down to the simplest form and get outs."

The Cardinals also sent first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson to Memphis on Thursday. That move was necessary in order to clear roster room for Thursday starter Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals are consequently left with a four-man bench, and it will likely remain that way at least through Saturday, since they have plans to call up right-hander Michael Wacha for a start.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB.
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