With Brian Fuentes most likely done for the year and already back at his home in California due to a personal situation, the Cardinals are left understaffed in terms of lefty hurlers in the bullpen. Keep and eye on minor leaguer Sam Freeman.

Cards minor leaguer Sam Freeman could be the lefty answer in the Cards bullpen before the season ends.

Fuentes was brought in to provide a solid left-handed, veteran presence in a bullpen that has struggled for a majority of the 2012 season. With his recent move to the restricted list and very little information available further, it is logical to believe the Cardinal’s front office and assume that the remainder of the 2012 season will be without Fuentes. So– that leaves the Cards with only two lefties in the bullpen, both of whom have struggled. Barret Browning, who made his major league debut with the Redbirds on June 30th, owns an 0-2 record and a 4.24 ERA in 19 appearances. The other lefty is Marc Rzepczynski, a 26 year old who boasts a 1-3 record and 5.02 ERA in 53 appearances. In search of lefty bullpen help, or at the very least a fresh arm for the playoff stretch, the Cards could turn to Sam Freeman.

Freeman made his debut for the Cardinals on June 1st, and struggled during his 13 games for the Cards, recording a 6.00 ERA and an 0-1 mark before begin sent back down to the minors. His most notable moment was giving up a 2-run single to Daniel Murphy during Johan Santana’s no-hitter, his debut in the major leagues. Freeman missed the 2010 season for Tommy John surgery, and has worked his way back admirably. Although his major league stats are less than impressive, he has a career 2.66 ERA in the minor leagues and provides a wiry frame with a tough lefty release that the Cards could desperately use in their bullpen. Do not be surprised to see Freeman in the big leagues as the season speeds towards a conclusion. You never know where the next postseason hero could come from…