06/22/2007 4:13 PM ET
Cardinals acquire LHP Mike Maroth from Detroit for a player to be named later
Tyler Johnson placed on the 15-day disabled list
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals today acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Maroth from the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later. Maroth is likely to make his Cardinals debut in a start sometime during next week's four-game series at New York.
Maroth, 29, was 5-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 starts for the Tigers this year as he continues to work his way back from arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow last June that limited his 2006 season to 13 appearances. He started four games for Triple-A Toledo on a rehabilitation assignment last August, and appeared in four games out of the bullpen for the Tigers in September, but was not on the Tigers roster for any postseason series, including the 2006 World Series.
"Mike is a young pitcher who we feel is only going to get stronger as he continues his recovery from last season's surgery," said Cardinals Senior Vice President and General Manager Walt Jocketty. "He is an established starter who is going to provide us with innings and help take pressure off of our bullpen. We think the change in leagues will also benefit Mike."
Maroth won each of his last two decisions for the Tigers, most recently on Monday (June 18) at Washington when he tossed 5.0 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking two and fanning four in the 9-8 Tigers win. He limited opponents to a .240 batting average (18-for-75) this season with runners in scoring position.
Maroth has appeared in 147 career games (143 starts) over his six-year Major League career and owns a 50-62 record and lifetime 4.81 ERA. He was one of only 13 southpaw hurlers in Tigers history to record 50 wins. For his career, he is 5-7 with a 3.75 ERA in 18 starts vs. National League teams.
This is the first trade between the two teams since June 7, 1996 when the Cardinals received outfielder Micah Franklin and minor-league pitcher Brian Maxcy from the Tigers for pitcher Tom Urbani and minor-league infielder Miguel Inunza.
In another roster move today, left-handed pitcher Tyler Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday, June 19. Johnson is suffering from left biceps tendinitis.