Cleto Back to Double-A

And just like that, former LumberKings’ right-hander Maikel Cleto is no longer a Major Leaguer.  From the St. Louis Cardinals’ own web story:

Cleto, 22, allowed five earned runs in two innings Thursday in his big league debut against the Giants after being promoted earlier in the day. Manager Tony La Russa praised Cleto, who retired the last five batters he faced after a rocky beginning to his debut.

“I told him that one way to look at it is there are a lot of pitchers in the organization and he was the one that was called up,” La Russa said. “So that’s a really good sign. And he did exactly what we needed him to do in that game. He pitched, saved our bullpen and now he can stay down there and keep learning and progressing.”

In non-Cleto news, The LumberBlog ranked #27 out of the top 50 on the ProBlogs side of MLBlogs.  However, I now trail my colleague in Wisconsin, Chris Mehring (and his Rattler Radio Blog) by five spots.  So…tell your friends.  LumberBlog.  Spread the word.


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