Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 8/31/12
Between when Rafael Furcal was injured Thursday night and when he was placed on the disabled list on Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals had several decisions to make. Did they try to rush to sign a free agent shortstop or stay in-house? Even if they had gone the former route, they would have needed interim help during the big Washington series this weekend. The organization surprisingly brought up Pete Kozma from Memphis on Friday and inserted him into the lineup at shortstop. This was done despite the fact that Ryan Jackson was also eligible for recall due to Furcal’s move to the DL. Jackson has been the regular shortstop for Memphis this season with Kozma, originally a shortstop, relegated to second base. Jackson is clearly the brighter prospect with a better bat. When Jackson received his first chance in the bigs earlier this month, he was not given the opportunity to play even one inning at short, instead filling in a bit at second as well as pinch-hitting and pinch-running. He ...
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