Cards deal former Dalton High standout Mitchell Boggs to Colorado Rockies

Cards deal former Dalton High standout Mitchell Boggs to Colorado Rockies

July 10th, 2013 by Associated Press in Sports - Professional

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, left, walks out to the mound to remove relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis.

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ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals traded struggling reliever Mitchell Boggs to Colorado on Tuesday for the Rockies' international signing bonus slot No. 4.

Boggs is a former Dalton (Ga.) High School standout.

St. Louis also released veteran infielder Ty Wigginton and selected the contract of catcher Rob Johnson from Class AAA Memphis. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina returned to the starting lineup against Houston after missing two games with a sore right knee.

Boggs was 0-3 with an 11.05 earned run average and two saves in 18 games for the Cardinals earlier this season. He was demoted to Memphis, where he went 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 games.

"He was disappointed," general manager John Mozeliak said. "He had high expectations coming into the season."

Boggs went 13-15 with a 4.15 ERA in 232 games for St. Louis from 2008 to '13. The 29-year-old right-hander was a valuable member of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship team and went 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 78 relief appearances last year.

Molina had an MRI on Sunday that showed no structural damage. He entered Tuesday night's game batting an NL-best .346 with six homers and 45 RBIs. He received the most votes among NL players in fan balloting and is set to make his fifth All-Star appearance next Tuesday at Citi Field in New York.

Molina had started 78 of the team's 87 games this season.

The 35-year-old Wigginton hit .158 with three RBIs in 57 at-bats for St. Louis.

Johnson, 30, was hitting .236 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 59 games at Memphis.