The Indians have traded for Cardinals left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski, as first reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Twitter and confirmed by the Indians. The Cardinals will receive minor league infielder Juan Herrera in exchange.
Rzepcynzski, 27, started the season with the Cardinals before being sent down to Triple-A Memphis with a 7.84 ERA in April. Improved numbers at Triple-A -- 3.33 ERA, 6.3 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 44 innings -- earned him a recall and two appearances in July. He pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance back in the majors before surrendering two runs in 1.1 innings Monday night.
Rzepcynzski has been considered an effective option against left-handed hitters in five MLB seasons with the Cardinals and the Blue Jays. The Indians have been in the market for such an option out of the bullpen, reportedly talking to the Rockies about Josh Outman.
Rzepcynzski originally became a Cardinal as part of a 2011 three-team trade including Colby Rasmus, Edwin Jackson and Octavio Dotel.