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.