Cards demote, then trade Rzepzynski
JUL 30, 2013 5:31p ET
But he admitted that he also knew he could be traded.
Option No. 2 turned out to be his fate Tuesday afternoon. Hours after he was sent back to Memphis, the Cardinals traded Rzepzynski to the Cleveland Indians for minor league shortstop Juan Herrera.
Herrera, who turned 29 on June 28, was hitting .275 for the Indians' Class A team in the New York Penn League. Listed at 5 feet 11, 165 pounds, Herrera has a .382 on-base percentage in three minor league seasons covering a total of 136 games.
Rzepzynski pitched twice in his final stint with the Cardinals, throwing a clean inning against the Braves on Sunday but giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings Monday night. He started the season in the majors but was demoted in late April after a lousy start.
Obtained days before the 2011 trade deadline in a deal that spurred the Cardinals' run to the World Series, Rzepzynski finished his time with the Cardinals with a 4.74 ERA in 110 outings. He worked a total of 79 2/3 innings, striking out 70, walking 33 and giving up 84 hits.
Rzepzynski, 27, was expected to report to the Indians, who had only one lefty in their bullpen. The Indians entered Tuesday trailing the Tigers by 2.5 games in the AL Central.
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