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Eduardo Sanchez struggles in Class AA rehab stint

Cardinals reliever Eduardo Sanchez, who has been out for a month with a shoulder strain, isn't faring particularly well against Class AA hitters during his rehab assignment.

Sanchez, who has made two appearances with the Springfield Cardinals, has a 7.71 ERA with two hits, a walk and two earned runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings pitched.

According to the Springfield News-Leader:

"Sanchez emerged erratic from the bullpen in the seventh inning Saturday night, blowing a one-run advantage and ruining Kevin Thomas' fine start, as the Springfield Cardinals lost 5-3 to the the Frisco RoughRiders.

With a Hammons Field crowd of 5,831 looking on, Thomas atoned for a disastrous, four-week stretch by allowing only one run in six innings.

But then Sanchez combusted, needing 19 pitches to get three outs and allowing the tying and go-ahead runs -- the second scoring after an errant pickoff throw."

On the bright side, Sanchez has struck out three hitters in his rehab work. And, according to the Springfield paper, his fastball is ranging from 92-96 MPH.