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Cardinals disable Kelly, promote a pair of relievers

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly's strained left hamstring might be worse than originally suspected.

While manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that it was possible Kelly would only miss one start after he pulled up and grabbed his leg while crossing first base trying to beat a throw on a bunt attempt, the Redbirds on Thursday put Kelly on the disabled list.

That means he'll miss his turn in the rotation at least three times.

It's probably better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to hamstrings. If you try to come back too soon, it's easily possible to re-injure the leg and potentially make things worse. But, with four days to go before Kelly's turn to pitch comes 'round again, I figured the birds would at least wait to see how Kelly felt in a couple of days.

According to, relief pitchers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon will be called up to the majors to replace Kelly's innings. Reliever Keith Butler will be returned to Class AAA to open up the second 25-man roster spot.

Fornataro has given up one hit and no runs in five innings of work with the Cardinals top farm club in Memphis. He has a 0.00 ERA and has walked one while striking out two. Rondon has allowed six hits in five innings. He has a 5.40 ERA with two strikeouts. He hasn't issued a walk yet this season.