Cardinals find their Saturday starter in Indians' Masterson

The Cardinals have found their starter for Saturday in Indians right-hander Justin Masterson. The cost? Minor-league outfield prospect James Ramsey.

Justin Masterson made the All-Star team in 2013 but has struggled for the Indians this season.

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The Cardinals have found their starter for Saturday and indeed he was an external option. They traded for Indians right-hander Justin Masterson, the club announced Wednesday afternoon.

The cost for the 29-year-old right-hander was not cheap. James Ramsey, a Class AA outfielder who was the lone Cardinals prospect at the Futures Game, will be going to the Indians. The Cardinals are deep in young outfielders, however, and had a big need for an innings-eater starter at the back of their rotation.

Masterson has been on the disabled list because of right knee inflammation since July 7 but was scheduled to pitch for Cleveland on Friday. He has made two rehab starts in the past 10 days, including a 6 2/3-inning outing in which he allowed five runs on July 20. Control seemed to be his biggest issue as he walked six and struck out four.

Now he will get the start in the middle game of a key three-game set against the first-place Brewers at Busch Stadium.

Masterson (6 feet 6, 250 pounds) made the All-Star team in 2013 but has struggled for the Indians this season. In 19 starts, he has worked 98 innings with a 5.51 ERA and 4-6 record.

He is a sinkerball specialist a la Jake Westbrook but with a better fastball. His average fastball speed, however, is down to 89.1 mph this season from 91.6 a year ago.

A native of Oregon who was a second-round pick of the Red Sox in 2006, Masterson is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season.

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