Dickson and Kelly among candidates to replace Garcia

12:04 PM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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(The Chirp) -- LHP Jaime Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain, and the club recalled RHP Fernando Salas from Class AAA Memphis. Garcia (3-4), who earlier had skipped a turn because of a sore elbow, lasted just two innings, giving up six runs, at Houston on Tuesday. Salas, who led the Cardinals with 24 saves last year, had appeared in four games in relief at Memphis after being sent out with a 6.32 ERA for 18 games with the Cardinals. "Surgery is not on the table," general manager John Mozeliak said. Mozeliak said that Garcia would seek a second opinion on Friday and then perhaps a third after that. "We still don't have a definitive answer as to how to deal with it," said Mozeliak. Garcia, who has stiffness in his shoulder, received an injection of dye on Thursday.

--RHP Brandon Dickson and RHP Joe Kelly, both of whom are at Class AAA Memphis, are the candidates to take LHP Jaime Garcia's turn Sunday against Cleveland. Dickson started one game last year and was with the club earlier this season. Kelly, who never has been in the majors, is 1-0 with a 1.22 earned run average in his last three starts, pitching at least seven innings in all three.

--RF Carlos Beltran hit his first homer in 11 days, giving him 16 for the season. Manager Mike Matheny said Beltran probably won't be playing center field anytime soon, as he did in New York, so as not to test his bothersome right knee.

--3B David Freese hit two late-inning home runs, including the first grand slam of his career and another homer off Houston OF Brian Bogusevic, the Astros' final pitcher. Freese raised his total to a career-high 12 homers. He had 10 last year.

--RHPs Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas and LHP Sam Freeman threw a scoreless inning apiece to close out Thursday's 14-2 win at Houston as some of the more veteran relievers got a night off.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4-6 -- Cardinals' record on their longest trip, to date, of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's real tough to get better when you're so injured." -- General manager John Mozeliak after LHP Jaime Garcia became the latest Cardinal to land on the disabled list.


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