What could be worse than being taken out of your major-league pitching debut in the middle of a no-hitter? Getting sent back to the minors the next day.
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Daniel Poncedeleon held the Cincinnati Reds hitless through seven innings in his very first big-league game last night (Monday). But with his pitch count at 116, manager Mike Shildt decided that he wasn't going to be able to finish the game anyway and took him out. The Cards went on to lose the game, 2-to-1.
But today, the news got worse. The Cardinals have sent him back to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He's made 18 appearances for the Redbirds and has a 2.15 ERA. (Sports Illustrated)