Linebrink may head to DL, Marte up

Without even making a single toss yet this season, Scott Linebrink will likely be making a trip to the DL according to the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold. Goold tweeted this afternoon that Linebrink has been sent back to St. Louis to have an MRI on a sore lat. The Cardinals are expected to add Victor Marte to the 40 man roster and bring him to St. Louis, taking the 40 man roster spot of Adam Ottavino who was claimed earlier this week by the Rockies.

I’d read earlier this week people congratulating him on Twitter for getting the call to the majors. I was confused at the time, but I guess we now know why.

For Linebrink, this really concerns me. He hit the 15 day DL with Atlanta last August for what was termed a “lower back strain.” After much searching, I haven’t found anything more specific, but Linebrink had a 2.95 ERA in the 42.2 innings before the DL stint and a 6.17 ERA in the 11.2 innings after it. What will this mean for him going forward and will this be something that plagues him the rest of the year and affects his performance.

Marte, 31, was acquired by the Cardinals on April 13th last year in a trade with the Kansas City Royals for future considerations. He logged 39.2 innings with the Royals between 2009 and 2010 with a 9.30 ERA. However, he spent 2011 with the Memphis Redbirds as their closer, posting a 1.44 ERA, a 2-4 record, and scored 31 saves over 62.1 innings.

This spring Marte posted a 0.90 ERA over 10 innings in 10 appearances. Opponents hit .182 against him as he allowed just 1 run and struck out 7.

Marte will wear the number 66 with the Cardinals.