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Cardinals Add Five Players to Active Roster Before Tonight’s Game

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Jason Motte #30 and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals high five one another after they beat the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 3, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jason Motte #30 and Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals high five one another after they beat the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on July 3, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have added five players to their active roster prior to tonight’s game against the Pirates, bringing the number of players on their active roster to 31.

Recalled today from the minors were left-handed pitchers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz. Right-handed reliever Jason Motte (lower back strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Lyons fanned a career high eight batters in 4.2 innings of relief in game one of last Saturday’s double-header versus Chicago, the most by a Cardinals relief pitcher since 1978. Gonzales earned his first Major League win in the Cardinals 13-2 win over Chicago in game two of the Saturday twin bill – allowing just one run and three hits in his 6.0 innings of work.

Greenwood has appeared in 16 games during this, his rookie season, and he has worked multiple innings in 11 of those games while also earning a pair of wins.

Cruz has appeared in 43 games for the Cardinals this season, having already started a career-high 33 games with 299.0 innings caught.

Motte, on the disabled list since Aug. 2, worked a scoreless inning in relief during an injury rehabilitation assignment with Springfield (AA) on Aug. 31 at Tulsa. Motte is 0-0, 4.91 ERA in 24 games with the Cardinals this season.

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