Duncan Traded for Julio Lugo

After being sent down to Memphis the Cardinals then traded Duncan for Julio Lugo of the Red-Sox. Julio Lugo was optioned the other day due to his performance on the team. Lugo will be with the team tomorrow when they play the Nationals.

Meet the Cardinals new infielder Julio Lugo.
Has two sons, Josmael Aquiles and Julio Alejandro…Was born in the Dominican Republic, but his mother, Rhina, a teacher, moved to New York City where Julio attended Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn…his mother worked two jobs in New York…as soon as he was able, Julio bought his mother a home in Orlando…Was drafted in the 43rd round by the Astros in 1994, the lowest-round draft pick to come through Houston’s system and reach the Majors…attended Connors State College in Warner, OK.

Appeared in 82 games for the Red Sox, surpassing his previous career low of 88 with Houston in 2002…Also established career lows with 261 at-bats, 27 runs, 70 hits, 13 doubles, 0 triples, 22 RBI, 51 strikeouts and a .330 slugging percentage…Was one of 4 Red Sox with 10+ steals in 2008, joined by Jacoby Ellsbury (50), Coco Crisp (20) and Dustin Pedroia (20)…Appeared in 81 games, 79 starts at shortstop…Played 1.0 inning in left field on April 20 vs. Texas, his first appearance at that position since August 14, 2006 vs. Florida as a member of the Dodgers.

My Take on Lugo: It appears that the Cardinals will use Lugo as back up to Brendon Ryan and short starts for 2B and LF. Lugo may spend the most of his playing time at 2B and Schumacher will return to LF

Good-Bye Chris Duncan

Chris Duncan has agreed to be sent down to Memphis to work on his swing and other problems he has been dealing with. There has been some speculation that he is’nt 100% regarding the surgery he had at the beginning of the 09 season. For the month of July he has been in a 1-31 slump and does not have any extra base hits. Taking Chris’s roster spot will be Brian Barden