You might have a hard time getting over there, as SB Nation’s servers have been overwhelmed. But the Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos reports that the Cards have acquired pitcher Jorge Sosa for Triple A reliever Rich Scalamandre.
Sosa’s progression this year was as follows. First, he signed a $2.2MM deal with the Braves in January after posting a very flukey 2.55 ERA in 134 innings. Then Sosa pitched for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic as a reliever in March. The Braves decided to begin the season with Sosa as their #4 starter and John Thomson in the pen. By late June, Sosa was moved to the bullpen due to his poor pitching. After mercifully removing him from the rotation, Bobby Cox decided to make Sosa the closer. By the middle of the month Sosa lost his job to Ken Ray; he was demoted yesterday.
Scalamandre, 25, was promoted to Triple A on June 21st and has been OK in 19 innings.