Tallet to be activated; Hamilton out
Brian Tallet is coming back sooner than expected. The Cardinals will activate the left-handed reliever from the disabled list on Friday, optioning first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton to Memphis to make room on the roster for him. A club official confirmed the move shortly before the Cardinals left for Kansas City on Thursday afternoon.
Tallet has been out since April 13 due to a broken bone in his right hand. He made one Minor League rehabilitation start, on Tuesday at Class A Quad Cities, and was expected to make another on Friday night. Instead, the Cardinals went ahead and activated him. Tallet struck out five of the six batters he faced in the game against Peoria on Tuesday.
With the move, the Cardinals go to 13 pitchers for the first time this year. Sending out Hamilton avoids what would have been a very difficult decision in the Cardinals bullpen. The two pitchers most recently called up, Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez, have been two of the club’s best relievers ,and in fact Salas is the <i>de facto</i> closer for the time being.
Sending out Hamilton would also seem to be some sort of vote of confidence in both Matt Holliday, and to a lesser extent Lance Berkman. The two outfielders both missed Thursday’s game due to injuries. Holliday said afterward, though, that he expects to play Friday. Berkman is likely out for a few days. If the Cardinals believed they would be doing without both veterans for any extended period of time, they likely would not have moved to 12 position players.