MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 11: Arthur Rhodes #53 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of their game on June 11, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rangers 8-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals sign 41-year-old lefty Arthur Rhodes to fill the vacant 12th spot on their pitching staff. One of their three catchers is a fair bet to be sent down.
The St. Louis Cardinals moved Thursday to add a reliever to their bullpen after losing rookie Lance Lynn to an oblique injury, signing 41-year-old Arthur Rhodes to a deal for the prorated minimum after the veteran left-hander cleared waivers following his release from the Texas Rangers. Rhodes, a dominant bullpen piece for the 116-win Seattle Mariners of 2001, had a 4.81 ERA with the Rangers after allowing six home runs in 24 innings with the club.
The Cardinals will hope to see the Arthur Rhodes who'd experienced a career renaissance as a specialist with the Cincinnati Reds—an All-Star in 2010, he had an ERA of 2.41 and struck out 8.1 batters per nine innings as a Red. The move gives the Cardinals a second left-handed reliever, something they've lacked since dealing Brian Tallet and Trever Miller and receiving Marc Rzepczynski as a sideline to the Colby Rasmus trade.
Rhodes was not in uniform for Thursday's series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, but will be activated over the weekend. No word yet as to who he'll replace, although the Cardinals are currently carrying 11 pitchers and three catchers—both veteran Gerald Laird and rookie Tony Cruz.