May 19, 2013

Boggs recalled to the Cardinals

Mitchell Boggs is back in the big leagues.

The St. Louis Cardinals, who are leading the National League Central, recalled the Dalton native from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday after placing left-handed starter Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Boggs, a reliever, is expected to be with the team today in St. Louis for the Cardinals’ game against Milwaukee.

Boggs was shipped to Memphis on May 3, his first trip down to the minors since 2011. He had started the season as the Cardinals’ closer due to regular closer Jason Motte’s elbow injury, which required Tommy John surgery and ended Motte’s season. But in 10 2/3 innings in the majors this season, Boggs had just two saves while allowing 15 earned runs, 17 hits and 12 walks with a 12.66 ERA.

In his final appearance before being sent down, Boggs walked both batters he faced in the seventh inning of a 6-5 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 2.

Boggs signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason, getting a bump from last year’s salary of $506,000 to $1.475 million. In 2012, Boggs set a franchise record for holds, with 34, while working mainly as an eighth-inning relief pitcher en route to a 2.21 ERA in 73 1/3 innings. He also pitched for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year.

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