In the wake of the news about the end of Lance Berkman's season, the Cardinals recalled catcher/first baseman Steven Hill prior to Monday's game. The addition will bolster the team's right-handed power options off the bench.
Hill hit .266 in 87 games with Triple-A Memphis and was at home with his family in Houston when he got the call. Memphis's season has been over for a week.
"I didn't expect anything," Hill said. "I was sitting at home, just enjoying the family, hanging out. When you're in Triple-A, you keep an eye on what they're doing just to see what would happen. I've been kind of in the loop with [the Cardinals' season]. It's exciting."
Double-A Springfield outfielder Chris Swauger had successful surgery to repair his broken collarbone Monday, a day after he injured it in a 3-1 playoff win over Tulsa. Swauger will be unavailable for Springfield as it takes on Frisco in the best-of-five championship series.