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Cardinals acquire Masterson from Indians

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 30 2014 02:09:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2014 03:39:38 PM CDT
Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians, April 2013

Mark Blinch/Reuters

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielder James Ramsey, the teams announced Wednesday.

Masterson is 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 98 innings for the Indians this season. He is currently sidelined with a knee injury, but was expected to return from the disabled list for the Indians on Friday. He is expected to make his first start with the Cardinals on Saturday against Milwaukee.

Masterson was 14-0 with a 3.45 ERA last season, but has struggled with his control in 2014. He has walked 56 batters in 98 innings, after walking 76 a year ago in 193 innings.

Ramsey, 24, was the first-round pick (23rd overall) of the Cardinals in the 2012 draft out of Florida State. He has spent the entire 2014 season with Double-A Springfield where he hit .300 (73-for-243) with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 36 RBIs in 67 games.

Ramsey is currently sixth in the Texas League in home runs (13) despite missing three weeks (May 17-June 9) with shoulder and abdominal injuries. He has made starts at all three outfield positions this season for Springfield, including 36 in center field.

In 2013, the Alpharetta, Ga., native spent his first full professional season between Class A Palm Beach, Springfield and Triple-A Memphis where he hit a combined .265 (109-for-411) with 16 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 112 games.

Ramsey is not currently on the 40-man roster and will be assigned to Triple-A Columbus.

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