Kozma out; Hamilton, Carpenter in – UPDATED

The Cardinals are beefing up their bench with a pair of additions. Prior to Friday night’s game against the Cubs, the club will option shortstop Pete Kozma to Triple-A Memphis and recall first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton from Memphis. Also, third baseman Matt Carpenter’s contract will be purchased from Memphis, with the team likely to send out a pitcher to make room on the active roster for Carpenter.

The Cardinals are doing without outfielder Matt Holliday, who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday. That will provide more regular playing time for Allen Craig and Jon Jay, which in turn weakens the Cardinals’ bench. Bringing back Hamilton and adding Carpenter should help address that issue.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late Thursday night that Kozma would be optioned, and a club official confirmed on Friday that Hamilton will be the player taking his roster spot. No official confirmation was available on Carpenter’s promotion. However, Mark Cohen, the sports information director at Carpenter’s alma mater, Texas Christian University, reported on Twitter that Carpenter has been called up.

Kozma, 23, appeared in 10 games during his first stint in the big leagues, mostly off the bench. He went 1-for-8 but drew three walks, and recorded a double for his first Major League hit.

Hamilton will be making his second appearance in St. Louis this year. He went 3-for-15 earlier in 2011. Over parts of three seasons at Triple-A, however, Hamilton has shown himself to be an offensive force. In 25 games at Memphis this year, he’s batting .391 with a .509 on-base percentage and a .552 slugging percentage. His career Triple-A line is .318/.409/.564 with 26 home runs in 143 games.

Carpenter was a Spring Training sensation and very nearly made the Major League roster out of camp. He got off to a slow start in the regular season, but is currently hitting .283 with a .421 OBP and a .387 SLG at Memphis. Carpenter was the Cardinals’ Minor League player of the year in 2010.

-M.

6 Comments

Any thoughts on the outfield gaff that set up Lynn’s demise or whether or not Cleto should really have been allowed to take that beating? Tony tends to drive my wife and I nuts with his too-quick-hook-just-for-match-up’s-sake but we’ve seen him just allow youngsters to take a beating before (once in Spring Training, a beating from which the guy’s career never recovered.)

I’m still not entirely certain that was a catchable ball, though Rasmus surely should have kept after it. He gave up a lot of solid fly balls to the outfield, though; do that long enough, and some of them are going to go for hits and XBH.

As for Cleto, that’s what he was called up to do. Frankly, better for him to get the second inning good feeling than get yanked not having done ANYTHING good, right?

-M.

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Just commented on your article about bringing up MCarp, et al, on the Cards MLB site. But I wanted you opinion on this partially related situation. I like Tyler Greene…a lot…as a person. I know the history, 1st round pick, etc. But how long are the Cardinals going to keep him on the roster? I believe they most likely are (or at least I’d surely hope they are) trying to finder a “taker” on him from another club. He obviously has some talent, and very solid POTENTIAL. He’s very fast a-foot. But I don’t believe he adds much at all to our club to help us win games. He’s certainly been given enough chances to prove his worth, but he mostly has failed. I believe he has a chance of being a marginal MLB player for years to come….the old AAAA-level player. But we do not need marginal, barely mediocre players on our current team. I think all parties would be better off if we could deal him somewhere. Your thoughts?

Here’s my take on the OF play (or mis-play) last night, if Holliday is playing, I think that the ball would have been caught. Obviously, when you play with guys everyday, you learn how to communicate on certain plays. Craig and Rasmus have played in the OF together, but not nearly as much as Rasmus and Holliday. Once they play more together, those type of plays will be made.

Colby’s dad, Tony Rasmus, admits it definitely should have been caught by either Craig or Colby.

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