Cards recall Garcia, demote Jimenez
Young left-hander to be used exclusively out of bullpen
ST. LOUIS -- Needing a boost to their bullpen, the Cardinals made an expected move on Friday and recalled lefty Jaime Garcia from Triple-A Memphis and demoted righty Kelvin Jimenez.
Making his second stint with the Cardinals, Garcia's role for will solely be out of the bullpen. With the relief corps struggling -- blowing 25 saves and losing 23 games -- Garcia will provide relief in the late innings.
Garcia will not, however, be considered a left-handed specialist, since he is a starter by trade.
"I think he's capable of doing more," manager Tony La Russa said. "He can pitch more innings, but I would not hesitate to use him against left-handers. That's not his specialty, but just give him something that, 'Hey, this is what we want you to do against them, see if you can execute it.'"
In two appearances with the Cards, Garcia pitched a total of seven innings and allowed three runs. His first appearance came out of the bullpen on July 11 against the Pirates, where Garcia threw two innings of one-hit ball.
Nine days later, he made his first career start against San Diego and pitched well through five innings.
In Memphis, Garcia struggled against left-handed hitters. In 18 innings, he owned a 7.00 ERA against lefties.
Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A after making his second appearance with the Cards in 2008. He appeared in five games since he was recalled, and allowed four runs in 9 2/3 innings.
Lee Hurwitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.