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Cardinals send Edmundo Sosa to Phillies, call up Paul DeJong

MLB: San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals

May 31, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) with catcher Yadier Molina (4) center fielder Harrison Bader (48) and shortstop Edmundo Sosa (63) after hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly against the San Diego Padres during the tenth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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WASHINGTON - The St. Louis Cardinals traded shortstop Edmundo Sosa to the Philadelphia Phillies for left-hander JoJo Romero on Saturday and will activate shortstop Paul DeJong off the taxi squad.

An All-Star in 2019, DeJong was demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting .130 with one home run in 24 games. The 28-year-old may have rediscovered his power stroke in the minors, slugging 17 homers with a .249 batting average in 51 games.

He hit .366 with six home runs in 11 July games, including a home run in each of his final three games with the Memphis Redbirds. He’s expected to be with the Cardinals for their game Saturday night at Washington.

Sosa is a slick defender, giving the poor-fielding Phillies a potential upgrade in the infield. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate, hitting .189 without a homer in 53 games this season.

The 25-year-old Romero has pitched in parts of three big league seasons, including two relief appearances this year with three runs allowed in two innings. He has a 7.89 ERA in the majors. St. Louis assigned Romero to Triple-A.