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Nick Punto to DL, Pete Kozma Recalled by Cardinals

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Cardinals beat writer BJ Raines is reporting that Nick Punto is being placed on the DL with a strain near his right elbow and Pete Kozma is up to replace him. Punto was previously reported as dealing with right elbow pain.

Punto, never known for his offensive prowess, is hitting .262 / .355 / .385, all somewhat high water marks compared to his usual offensive production.

This is Kozma's first call to the big leagues and is being promoted from triple-A Memphis. He compiled a .241 / .316 / .349 across his 5 seasons in the minors. Derrick Gould notes that Kozma (2007) will join Colby Rasmus and Tyler Greene as former #1 draft selections now on the Cardinals Major League roster.

Kozma will be wearing number 47.