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Cardinals call up Cruz, activate Schumaker

The Cardinals passed over former major leaguer Bryan Anderson and have called up fellow Class AAA catcher Tony Cruz to replace the injured Gerald Laird, according to the team.

Laird, who was batting .214 at the time he was injured by a pitch that struck him on the right hand and broke his index finger, has been trusted to play more than Yadier Molina's previous back-ups because he is a strong defensive player.

Anderson apparently fell out favor because of his poor defense and was never consider as a replacement for back-up receiver Jason LaRue when he retired at the end of last season. Cruz wasn't hitting a lick in Memphis. But, the Birds seem to prefer his mitt, so he's the choice.

In an unrelated move, the Cardinals have activated Skip Schumaker who has been out for more than a month with an elbow problem. The Birds are likely to cut loose one of their eight relievers -- either by demoting one to the minors or releasing one. But word is that (for some reason) it's not going to be Ryan Franklin.

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