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Cardinals Send Rzepczynski to Cleveland

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski watches as Washington Nationals Tyler Moore hits a ball to right field to score the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 7, 2012.  Washington won the game 3-2.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski watches as Washington Nationals Tyler Moore hits a ball to right field to score the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 7, 2012. Washington won the game 3-2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — In a so far successful season that would typically see the Cardinals act as “buyers” in the trade market, they have only been “sellers”. During the first game of the Cardinals-Pirates double-header, the club traded left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera.

Earlier in the day, the Cardinals announced that Rzepczynski had been sent back down to Memphis along with right-handed pitcher Fernando Salas after a tough Monday night performance against the Pirates. Overall with the Cardinals this season, Rzepczynski appeared in 11 games posting a 0-0 record with a 7.84 ERA.

Since being acquired in a key 2011 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays involving starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, relief pitcher Octavio Dotel and outfielder Corey Patterson, Rzepczynski posted a 1-6 record and 4.63 ERA in 79.2 innings pitched over 109 games with the Cardinals.

While the Redbirds have not made any additions in the form of a player via trade this season, they have certainly made cuts that way. Earlier in the month, reliever Mitchell Boggs was dealt to the Colorado Rockies for international signing money. Both were integral to the Cardinals’ success in 2011 and 2012.

Juan Herrera, 20, was hitting .275 in 39 games this season for Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League, the A-ball affiliate for the Indians. Herrera hit 9 doubles with a home run and 11 RBI’s. The 5-11, 165-pound right-handed hitting native of Bani, Dominican Republic, was signed by Cleveland as a non-drafted free-agent in 2010.

Herrera will be assigned to the State College Spikes roster of the New York-Penn League, the short season-A affiliate for the Cardinals.

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