St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Cardinals added starting pitching depth after acquiring right-hander Justin Masterson in exchange for Minor League outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson may not be one of the elite starting pitchers the Cardinals had been eyeing but he will help fill a rotation spot while the Cardinals await Michael Wacha’s return from a shoulder stress reaction.
Wacha, who was moved to the 60-day DL to create space on the 40-man roster for Masterson, is not expected back until September.
The 29-year-old Masterson will make his Cardinals debut on Saturday in a home game against division-leading Milwaukee. It will be his first start since July 7, as he has spent the last three weeks on the disabled list due to right knee inflammation.
Masterson made two Minor League rehab outings, including one on Friday in which he walked six and allowed five runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
In 19 starts before landing on DL, Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA this year for Cleveland. He went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.202 WHIP in an All-Star campaign a year ago.
Ramsey, a first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has had a strong season in Double-A, hitting .300/.389/.527 in 67 games.
Ramsey, 24, represented the Cardinals in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game earlier this month, but he has also missed time at three different junctures of the season due to minor injuries.