Cards recall Marte to bolster tired bullpen

Cards recall Marte to bolster tired bullpen

Cards recall Marte to bolster tired bullpen
ST. LOUIS -- The demands cast on the Cardinals' bullpen over the past 10 days prompted the organization to promote reliever Victor Marte a day earlier than planned.

Marte, initially scheduled to arrive with the other callups from Triple-A on Tuesday, strolled into the Cardinals' clubhouse Monday morning with his luggage. He was available out of the bullpen later that afternoon.

"We need guys to help out the guys that have been carrying the load," said manager Mike Matheny, whose bullpen averaged 3 2/3 innings a game on the last road trip. "What Victor did a really nice job for us early in the season was getting out of the inning."

Marte made the Cardinals' 25-man roster out of Spring Training and remained on the big league club until being optioned on July 25. In the 12 appearances Marte made just before the demotion, he posted an 8.22 ERA. Opponents hit .429 off of him during that stretch.

Matheny did call upon Marte regularly to wiggle out of jams with men on base. Seventy-one percent of the runners Marte inherited were left stranded.

Upon returning to Memphis, Marte allowed nine hits, four earned runs and seven walks in 12 innings. He struck out 10.