Maness Promoted, Scrabble Demoted

With so many problems facing the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen, the team finally decided to do something about it.

It may not be what the fans really want, but maybe it will make a difference in the long run. Let’s discuss what’s going to happen!

Seth Maness will be added to the roster prior to the start of the series tonight with the Cincinnati Reds. Marc “Scrabble” Rzepczynski is being sent to Memphis to make room for Maness.

According to Jenifer Langosch of

[Scrabble] allowed two earned runs and another two inherited runners to score in one-third of an inning on Sunday. The lefty has now allowed six of seven inherited runners to score in his eight relief innings this season. That’s in addition to the seven runs and 13 hits he’s allowed.

Acquired by the Cardinals in a midseason trade with the Blue Jays in 2011, Rzepczynski is making $1.1 million this season, a figure agreed upon by the pitcher and the club in his first offseason of arbitration eligibility.

Maness, who was the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012, will have to be added to the 40-man roster, which currently has an opening. It is unknown who the Cardinals will remove from their 25-man roster to make space for Maness on it. Five of the team’s seven relievers currently have an ERA higher than 4.00.

After finishing 14-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 2012 (with high-A Palm Beach and double-A Springfield, Maness opened the 2013 season with Triple-A Memphis. He’s pitched 25 innings this month, allowing 12 earned runs on 34 hits. Maness has struck out 18 while walking three.

Maness was scheduled to start for Memphis on Monday, which means he’ll be immediately available to help in the Cardinals’ bullpen, which enters Monday with a 5.93 ERA.

Should be interesting to see how all of this plays out! Hopefully this will revitalize the pitcher’s in question and most importantly the bullpen. Because this bullpen needs serious help. Seriously.


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