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Monday, April 21, 2008

Cards activate Springer from DL

The Cardinals activated right-hander Russ Springer from the disabled list on Monday, optioning infielder Rico Washington to Triple-A Memphis. Springer missed just over the minimum 15 days as he battled nerve inflammation in his right elbow.

Rather than sending a pitcher out, the Cardinals elected to defer a decision on which hurler to trim for the roster -- at least for a few days. Brad Thompson, Anthony Reyes and Kyle McClellan, who all have options, will remain with the club. It's likely that a pitcher will be sent down when Brendan Ryan is activated from the disabled list, which could come in a matter of days.

Washington was one of the early season's best stories, making the club out of Spring Training after nearly 4,000 career Minor League at-bats. He struggled at the plate, though, going 3-for-19 with a .273 on-base percentage and .263 slugging percentage in his brief stint with the Major League team.

The decision would seem to indicate that Reyes will not be the odd man out when the next decision comes. The right-hander threw three innings of relief on Sunday, so if the club had wanted to send him down, Monday would have been the perfect time. He will not be available for at least a couple of days as it is.

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