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Cardinals place Pineiro on 15-day DL

Cardinals place Pineiro on 15-day DL
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cardinals pitcher Joel Pineiro was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right groin after the team determined he wouldn't be ready to make his next start.

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Mike Parisi will take Pineiro's spot in the rotation on Saturday against Pittsburgh, making his first major league start. Right-hander Kelvin Jimenez was recalled by St. Louis from Triple-A Memphis and will be used in long relief.

"He's not going to be able to pitch Saturday, so it's better to give him the two weeks," manager Tony La Russa said. "We expect in two weeks he'll be fine."

Pineiro also was skipped in the rotation on Tuesday. He's 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in eight starts.

Pineiro was hurt shagging fly balls during batting practice last Wednesday in San Diego, a day after his last start. The move to the disabled list is retroactive to May 21.

The 27-year-old Jimenez appeared in three games for the Cardinals in April and was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA, totaling three innings. He was 1-2 with a 1.88 ERA and one save in 20 games at Memphis, with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 24 innings.

Parisi, 25, was the opening day starter at Triple-A Memphis and was 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA in six starts in the minors. He's 0-1 with a 2.87 ERA in eight relief appearances with St. Louis.

"He impressed in spring training and he's picked it up here," La Russa said. "He's done a very good job."

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