The Cardinals have released lefty reliever J.C. Romero and have called up righty Eduardo Sanchez to replace him.
Romero has been terrible in the early going with 14 hits and nine earned runs allowed in eight innings to compile a 10.13 ERA.
Sanchez was 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA last season, whiffing 35 in 30 innings. But control has been a problem and he walked 16 in that stretch with his effective -- but dramatic pitching. He was surprisingly demoted despite a strong spring training with concerns about his loose mechanics. And the move didn't seem to produce the desired effect. He has a 6.08 ERA in Class AAA.
Sanchez was walked 10 and struck out 13 in 14 minor league innings. So it doesn't seem that his wildness has improved. At the time of his demotion, the Cardinals said it seemed that Sanchez was trying to strike out every single batter he faced -- and not just strike them out, but to embarrass hitters by making them fish for his wildly breaking pitches. I wonder if they are better off just letting him be himself while hoping he matures at the major league level. While I agree with what the major league staff is preaching, sometimes it is difficult to take away a guy's aggressiveness and competitive edge without taking away his effectiveness.
But, apparently, the Cardinals thought they were better off with Sanchez trying to straighten himself out in the majors than Romero muddling his way through ineffectiveness.