The St. Louis Cardinals welcomed two new players to the fold on Friday, summoned an old friend from Memphis and dispatched another player to Triple-A.
The team handed out uniforms to new pitchers John Lackey (No. 41) and Justin Masterson (No. 63), recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from Memphis and sent pitcher Carlos Martinez to the Triple-A club.
Masterson will start Saturday and Lackey will do the same on Sunday, while Robinson takes the roster spot vacated by Allen Craig when he and starter Joe Kelly were dealt to Boston for Lackey on Thursday.
The moves will allow Martinez to resume a starting role with Memphis. The additions of Lackey and Masterson, acquired from Cleveland in a deal for minor-league outfield prospect James Ramsey on Wednesday, pushed Martinez out of a spot in the rotation in St. Louis.
Lackey, who was 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA with Boston, said he was excited to be with the Cardinals after pitching for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2002-09) and the Red Sox (2010-14).
"I've been pretty fortunate in my career to play for some pretty cool franchises," said Lackey, 35. "This is definitely one of them. I'm pretty excited about it."
Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek surrendered his No. 41 jersey to Lackey, getting No. 37 from first base coach Chris Maloney. He will wear No. 77.
Masterson will wear No. 63, the number he wore with Boston (2008-09) and Cleveland (2010-14).