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Kinney heads north to Chisox

Former Cardinals reliever Josh Kinney, a 2006 post season hero who had trouble making it back to the majors after a couple of serious arm injuries, has signed with the White Sox.

Kinney was unscored upon in seven appearances in the 2006 NLDS, NLCS and World Series. He allowed three hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out three to shore up a makeshift bullpen that counted on rookie starting pitcher Adam Wainwright to close out games following the injury of Jason Isringhausen.

It was expected that Kinney would be a valuable piece of the 2007 bullpen. But he hurt his elbow and missed a full season only to break a bone in his arm during his comeback attempt. Kinney pitched only seven innings at the end of the 2008 season. In 2009 he started off with 23 hits allowed in 15 1/3 innings and had an ERA of 8.80 when he was sent down to the minors.

The 31 year old Mississippi native was 3-4 with a 1.80 ERA last season for Class AAA Memphis. I was never certain why the Cardinals didn't give Kinney a chance at the major league level in 2010 as they struggled to fill out the pitching staff in the wake of injuries.