Cardinals place LaRue on disabled list

Updated: April 14, 2010, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- A hamstring injury has landed St. Louis Cardinals backup catcher Jason LaRue on the 15-day disabled list.

The Cardinals recalled rookie Bryan Anderson from Triple-A Memphis before Wednesday night's game against the Houston Astros. The Cardinals chose the left-handed hitting Anderson over Matt Pagnozzi, who was considered the third catcher in spring training.

The 36-year-old LaRue hurt his right hamstring running to first Sunday in Milwaukee. He has appeared in two games, going 0 for 4.

Manager Tony La Russa said it was considered a mild pull, but LaRue wouldn't be ready to return to baseball activities for five or six days. He leaned on the recommendation of Mike Matheny, a former Cardinals catcher and part-time instructor who was at Busch Stadium to work with Anderson.

"It was a tough call because all spring long we got Pags ready to do this," La Russa said. "But when you earn it, you earn it. Whoever was the most ready."

The 23-year-old Anderson is in the major leagues for the first time after going 6 for 18 in four games in the minors while Pagnozzi was 0 for 6 with four strikeouts. Anderson was a fourth-round draft pick in 2005 and will be the backup behind Yadier Molina.

"He bought in that he was close and started making minor adjustments in his receiving, which I think was a big knock," Matheny said. "It's neat to see a guy rewarded for his efforts."


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