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Cardinals option Mayers and purchase Lucas

The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned RHP Mike Mayers back to Memphis and purchased the contract of RHP Josh Lucas. The move puts the Cardinals’ 40 man roster at 40 players. Lucas will wear #77.

What it means

Mayers was recalled yesterday when Adam Wainwright was placed on the disabled list. He came into Friday night’s game with a 10-3 lead and promptly surrendered five runs, four of them earned. The brief appearance inflated his ERA in the Majors this season to 11.57.

He has yet to find any stable footing in his big league career after leading it off allowing 9 earned runs in his first career start. In 7 career appearances over the past two seasons, Mayers has allowed 24 earned runs in 10 innings.

In his place will be Memphis Redbirds closer Josh Lucas. Lucas, 26, was a 21st round pick of the Cardinals in 2010 draft as a college senior. He has a 3.45 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 56.2 innings with Memphis this season and has 14 saves. He has a 2.83 ERA and 1.06 WHIP over his past 10 appearances.

Impact

I give it a 1/10 on the impact scale. The addition of Lucas to the bullpen now puts two former Redbirds closers in the mix with Sam Tuivailala also in the big league bullpen. However, it really doesn’t matter who is in the bullpen or how well they pitch as long as Mike Matheny always goes to his main guys in crunch time.

Jon Doble has been writing about the St. Louis Cardinals since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter at @JonDobleRBD, find him as R27 at RedbirdTalk.com and you can hear him co-host The UCB Podcast every fourth Wednesday night of the month. Redbird Dugout is a member of the United Cardinal Bloggers.

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