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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Cardinals place RH reliever Russ Springer on DL with elbow irritation

ST. LOUIS (AP)—St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Russ Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with nerve irritation in his elbow, a night after he allowed hits to all three batters he faced.

The Cardinals recalled right-hander Kelvin Jimenez from Triple-A Memphis, and he joined the team in time for Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals.

“Obviously, I can’t go out there and do my job with it like it is,” the 39-year-old Springer said. “It’s time to let it cool off a little bit.”

Springer said the nerve was moved in an elbow operation in 2003. He said cool weather in the team’s opening week has worked against him.

“When it’s inflamed, I lose strength in my forearm and my hand and lose a little sensation, feeling the ball come out,” Springer said.

Springer had appeared in three of the Cardinals’ first four games. He didn’t allow a run in his first two appearances, but was charged with three runs Friday and has an ERA of 13.50 overall, giving up three runs on five hits.

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