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Kelly and Poncedeleon among first wave of Cardinals call-ups

Backup catcher Carson Kelly on the basepaths during a spring training game in Jupiter, Florida.
Backup catcher Carson Kelly on the basepaths during a spring training game in Jupiter, Florida. snagy@bnd.com

The St. Louis Cardinals will begin September call-ups with Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

The first wave will include catcher Carson Kelly and pitchers Daniel Poncedeleon and Tyler Webb set from triple-A Memphis. All three players arrived in St. Louis Friday were on the taxi squad for the series opener.

Kelly, who appeared in 12 games with the Cardinals earlier this season, batted .269 with seven HRs and 41 RBI in 83 games for Memphis this season, and compiled a .378 on-base pct. Kelly, 24, has appeared in 56 career games in the majors (.150 BA with 9 RBI) since making his Major League debut in September of 2016.

Poncedeleon, who is scheduled to start Saturday’s game against Cincinnati, has appeared in seven games, two of them starts, for the Cardinals (0-0, 2.08 ERA, 1 save) this season. He has limited the opposition to a .176 batting mark.

The 26-year-old rookie was 9-4 with a 2.24 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) for Memphis this season.

Webb, acquired by the Cardinals on a waiver claim in June, is unscored upon in six relief appearances over 7. 2 innings with St. Louis. The 28-year-old left-hander was 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 30 appearances (41.2 IP) with Memphis, striking out 49.

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