Cardinals Add Third Lefty RP in Raul Valdes
Raul Valdes
Raul Valdes

Posted Jun 23, 2011

St. Louis also outrights David Kopp, options out Maikel Cleto and Bryan Augenstein.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of roster moves Thursday afternoon with the main one being left-handed reliever Raul Valdes joining the team’s 25-man roster for the evening’s series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Cardinals also outrighted Springfield (AA) right-handed pitcher David Kopp off the 40-man roster and optioned right-handed pitcher Maikel Cleto from St. Louis to Memphis. The Cardinals activated right-handed pitcher Bryan Augenstein from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Memphis. These moves give the Cardinals a full 40-man roster.

Valdes, 33, was signed by the Cardinals last November after going 3-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 38 games in 2010 for the New York Mets for whom he fanned 56 batters in 58.2 innings pitched.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Cuba was 5-2 with a 5.05 ERA in 21 games (7 starts) for the Memphis Redbirds this season. Since moving out of the Memphis starting rotation, Valdes has excelled in a relief role, going 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA in his 14 relief appearances. He has struck out 16 batters in 16.1 IP in relief, allowing just one walk and a .109 opponent’s batting average. In the month of June, Valdes is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in seven appearances.

Valdes has been assigned uniform #37.

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