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Walters called up

The Cardinals have sent for Class AAA pitcher P.J. Walters in response to Brad Penny's back injury.

As of Friday night, the team hadn't said if Penny would be disabled or if Walters would be part of another roster move. But, after being required to contribute six innings after Penny was injured against the Angels, the Birds needed another arm on hand.

Walters, 25, made his major league debut with the Cardinals last season when he appeared in eight games and racked up a 9.56 ERA. He's 1-0 with an 0.48 ERA in Memphis this season with nine hits allowed in 18 2/3 innings pitched. He's struck out 23 and has walked three.

He's made only three starts in the minors because Walters missed most of spring training and the beginning of the Class AAA season because of a family tragedy. Here's hoping he can immerse himself in the opportunity to pitch in the majors and find a permanent spot on the big league club.

Hopefully Penny will return quickly from his injury. But the Cardinals could use some help on the righthanded side of their bullpen, so they could find a way to keep Walters if he earns it.