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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Infielder Nick Punto has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right forearm flexor strain. The club has recalled its 2007 No.1 draft selection, infielder Pete Kozma, who will be making his Major League debut with his first game appearance.

This marks the second time that Punto will be on the disabled list this season. Punto, 33, was batting .262 with 11 RBI’s in 25 games. He’s been a versatile player for the Cardinals as a defensive player and a switch-hitter. Punto made starts at second base, shortstop, and third base. Majority of his starts and appearance were at second base.

Kozma, 23, was batting .220 with 17 RBI’s in 38 games at Memphis AAA, but after a slow start, had posted a .245 mark with 12 RBI’s in 16 games in May. He enjoyed a 4 RBI game on May 14 vs. Fresno and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort on May 15.

The 6-0, 170-pound right-handed hitting Kozma is a native of Owasso, Okla. He joins both Colby Rasmus and Tyler Greene as former No. 1 St. Louis draft selections currently on the team’s Major League roster.

Brett Wallace, traded to acquire Matt Holliday in 2009, was also a Cardinals No. 1 draft selection, and he is in town with the Houston Astros for a two-game series beginning tonight at Busch Stadium.

Kozma will wear #47.

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