Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Notes: Cooney Down, Socolovich Called Up

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Notes: Cooney Down, Socolovich Called Up

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The answer to who will replace injured Adam Wainwright the next time around became only slightly more clear Friday. Lefthander Tim Cooney, who lasted only 2 1/3 innings in an unimpressive outing Thursday, was dispatched to Class AAA Memphis, where he must stay at least 10 days on an option.

Joining the Cardinals from Memphis was righthander Miguel Socolovich (so-co-LO-vitch), who will be another arm in a Cardinals bullpen which, for the moment, has nine relievers.

Socolovich, 28, was summoned primarily as a long reliever in case one was needed Friday, or perhaps Saturday, in light of veteran Carlos Villanueva having to throw 3 2/3 innings in relief of Cooney, although that required just 37 pitches. The well-traveled Venezuelan has been with six big-league organizations, not counting the Hiroshima Carp, for whom he toiled in 2013. The others were Boston, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets.

Last seen in the big leagues in 2012 when he pitched in six games each for Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs, Socolovich caught the eye of manager Mike Matheny and others this spring with a good changeup and fastball, and he was used to close out some games. At Memphis, he had been unscored on in 12 2/3 innings , allowing five hits.

Five of those outings were of two innings or longer, and Socolovich said he could go as many as four or more if that's Matheny wanted.

With the Cubs, Socolovich pitched against the Cardinals twice in relief at the end of 2012 and had been exposed to them via television while growing up in Venezuela, noting that Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith had been his favorite Cardinal.

"I always wanted to play with the Cardinals," he said. "Now, it's my dream come true. The history they have is awesome."

Much of Smith's career took place before Socolovich was riding a bike, but Matheny cracked, "Maybe he was watching re-runs."

Matheny said he had been told Socolovich had gone past 50 pitches in one outing, and said, "he's a guy we think could be as effective against lefties as (against) righties."

Socolovich's contract was purchased from Memphis, enabling him to go onto the 40-man roster. …

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