Cards acquire Masterson; deal Ramsey
Seeking to add to their starting pitching depth, the Cardinals finalized a trade with the Indians on Tuesday that is sending right-hander Justin Masterson to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson is not one of the elite starting pitchers the Cardinals were eyeing as Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But he does help fill a rotation spot while the Cardinals await Michael Wacha’s return from a shoulder stress reaction. Wacha is not expected back until September.
Masterson has also been on the disabled list but is ready to return after making two Minor League rehab starts with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. He is slated to make his Cardinals debut on Saturday.
He pitched most recently last Friday, walking six and allowing five runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Masterson was recovering from right knee inflammation and has dealt with discomfort in the knee since the start of the season.
Perhaps as a result, Masterson has not had near the success this season that he did while going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.202 WHIP in an All-Star year in 2013. In 19 starts before landing on the DL, Masterson had a 5.51 ERA and 1.653 WHIP. He had 93 strikeouts and 56 walks in 98 innings.
UPDATE: To read the full cardinals.com story outlining the Masterson-Ramsey trade, click here.
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