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Cards Call Up Hoffpauir: Why Not Wallace?

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Brett Wallace #84 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 20, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Matt 'Frostin' FooteCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

The Cardinals called up infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir on Wednesday afternoon, making him the 15th rookie to wear the "Birds on the Bat" this season. When he first appears, he will be the ninth Cardinal to make his Major League debut in 2009.

To make room on the roster for Hoffpauir - who was hitting .276 with eight doubles, 10 home runs and 31 RBI for Triple-A Memphis - the club optioned pitcher Clayton Mortensen back to Memphis. Mortensen, who gave up two earned runs in three innings Monday night, wouldn't have been available for another day or two.

The Cardinals have struggled against left-handed pitching this year and Hoffpauir may be called upon to help change that. The right-handed hitting second baseman was hitting .340 against lefties at Memphis.

Hoffpauir hit .320 in June with seven home runs and 20 RBI.

Yet Brett Wallace is still sitting down. After a cold start to Triple-A he has been on fire and is on a 16-game hit streak. He is now hitting .290 with five homers and 14 RBI.

He seems to have gotten his swing back. This is the perfect time to send him up. It tells him "man I got something great going on just gotta settle in and hit."

Hoffpauir has been hitting great, but I think Wallace deserves it a little bit more.



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