The Cardinals called up Eduardo Sanchez and Fernado Salas in their major league bullpen after Brian Tallet and Brian Augenstein were placed on the disabled list.
Tallet broke his hand during a spectacular defensive play at first base Tuesday night while Augenstein tore a groin muscle apparently after stepping in a hole in the pitchers mound at Arizona's home ballpark.
In a related move, the Birds bolstered their bullpen depth by trading for Royals minor league reliever Victor Marte. Kansas City will receive "future considerations" in the swap.
Sanchez and Salas both pitched well in spring training and nearly made the club. They each have three innings under their belts at Class AAA without allowing a run. Sanchez hasn't allowed a hit or a walk while striking out three. Salas has allowed two hits and no walks. He's whiffed for.
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The problem is that both Sanchez and Salas are right-handed, which means the big club has only one lefty -- Trever Miller -- in the 'pen.
Marte, also a righty, spent the last two seasons bouncing between Class AAA Omaha and Kansas City. In the minors he was 5-5 with seven saves and a 2.71 ERA. In 30 major league games he had a 3-0 record -- but a 9.30 ERA with 51 hits allowed in 38 2/3 innings. He's 30 years old and 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds.