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Freese, Punto pulled

The Cardinals found themselves down two infielders by the sixth inning of Sunday’s series finale against the Braves. David Freese and Nick Punto were both removed from the game due to injury.

Freese was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the top of the sixth. He took his base and remained in the game for the Cardinals’ half of the inning. However, when the Cardinals went into the field for the bottom of the sixth, he did not take his position. Daniel Descalso moved from second base to third, while Tyler Greene came in to play second. The club referred to Freese as having a “left hand contusion.”

Descalso, meanwhile, was only in the game as an injury replacement himself. Punto was removed from the game in the third inning due to what the club is calling tightness in his left hamstring. According to an announcement, the move was for “precautionary reasons.”

He was replaced at second base and in the leadoff spot in the Cardinals order by Descalso.


Pujols pulled — UPDATED

Albert Pujols has been removed from tonight’s game due to what the Cardinals are calling “mild tightness in his left hamstring.”

With two outs in the seventh inning of the Cardinals’ game against the Reds, Pujols hit a groundball to the left side. He  pulled up on his way down the baseline and was thrown out despite a late and offline throw from Miguel Cairo.

After Pujols descended into the dugout, the Cardinals training staff looked him over, he was removed from the game. Lance Berkman moved to first base, with Jon Jay entering the game in right field for Berkman.

I’ll of course update this after we get down to the clubhouse and get more information.


Cardinals confirm Augenstein and Tallet both to DL

PHOENIX — The Cardinals confirmed Wednesday that both Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet are being placed on the 15-day disabled list due to injuries they suffered in Tuesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez have been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take their places on the roster. Both Salas and Sanchez are available for Wednesday night’s game.

Augenstein suffered a strained right groin during Tuesday’s game, while Tallet has a fracture in his right hand. Tallet was injured when he and Stephen Drew became entangled on a play at first base.

Salas, 25, pitched effectively in limited duty for the Cardinals in 2010, posting a 3.52 ERA in 27 appearances. He made three scoreless appearances for Memphis in 2011 prior to his recall. Sanchez, 22, will be on a big league roster for the first time. He has pitched three shutout innings over two games for Memphis this year. In 2010, split between Double-A Springfield and Memphis, Sanchez recorded a 2.38 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 20 walks in 53 innings.