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Cardinals Release J.C. Romero; Eduardo Sanchez Activated

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 22: Reliever Eduardo Sanchez #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on April 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 22: Reliever Eduardo Sanchez #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on April 22, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals have unconditionally released lefty J.C. Romero and activated right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez from AAA Memphis, according to the team:

Romero, 35, has just eight innings-pitched and a 10.13 ERA for the 2012 season. In fourteen seasons, he spent seven with the Minnesota Twins from 1999-2007, and five with the Philadelphia Phillies between 2007-2011. He also spent parts of seasons with the Rockies, Red Sox, and Angels before signing with the Cardinals in December for $750K.

Romero has a career 4.15 ERA and has earned a touch more than seven wins above replacement throughout his career.

B.J Rains of Fox Sports Midwest suggests the Cards sorely needed a fresh arm, but in several tweets expresses surprise the club moved Romero so quickly:

Sanchez, 23, was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 2005, and saw 30 innings of 1.80 ERA work over 26 games in the 2011 season.