The Cardinals have signed released Florida Marlins lefty reliever Renyel Pinto, according to the Palm Beach Post.
He had a 2.70 ERA in 16 2/3 innings for Florida with 16 hits allowed, nine walks and 16 strikeouts. He's 27 and has a career record of 8-10 with a 3.62 ERA in 244 career games, all with the Marlins.
Pinto has only pitched in one game in June. He allowed a solo homer in one inning pitched against Texas June 20.
According to mlb.com, Pinto will likely go to Class AAA Memphis where he would take the roster spot held by former Cubs pitcher Rich Hill who has been released.
Hill, originally thought to be a contender for the fifth starter's spot in the major league rotation, ended up in the minors. After that he was demoted from the rotation to the bullpen where he continued to have problems with his control.
The odd thing about Pinto is that he's not your typical bullpen lefty. He's been more effective against righthanded batters over the course of his career than lefthanders. He's held righties to a .209 batting average in 633 plate appearance against him. Lefties have a .253 batting average in 378 plate appearances.
The odd split and steady career numbers make me believe the Cardinals might plan to send Pinto to the minors for a tune up then bring him up to the major league bullpen to bolster the Birds in the late innings against righties.
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