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The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired starting pitcher Justin Masterson from the Cleveland Indians in return for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.
Masterson, 29, is a sinker specialist and a former All-Star. This year, however, he has struggled with the Indians with a 4-6 record and a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts.
Masterson is currently on the disabled list with a knee injury, but is set to come off the DL this Friday. He will pitch for against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
His sinker pitch keeps the ball on the ground and out of the seats. He currently has a 2.81 GB/FB ratio, but has struggled to keep line drive rates and walks down, reports SBnation.com. A change of scenery may be exactly what Masterson needs to return to his 2011 form, when he posted a 3.16 ERA.
Ramsey, a former first-round pick, is hitting .300/.389/.527 for Double-A Springfield this season. Though it is unlikely he will make any great strides in his improvement from here, he is a solid mid-tier addition for the Indians.