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Cardinals demote Justin Masterson to bullpen

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Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson has been demoted to the bullpen, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny told reporters Monday

Masterson has struggled since joining the Cardinals in a trade from the Indians. In six starts with his new team he is 2-3 with a 7.90 ERA, and has only lasted longer than five innings in two of those starts.

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In an attempt to solve some of his issues, Masterson pitched exclusively out of the stretch in his start on Saturday. He gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. 

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Entering Monday, the Cardinals are tied with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the NL Central.

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