Duncan optioned; Barden recalled

HOUSTON (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals optioned outfielder Chris Duncan to AAA Memphis and recalled infielder Brian Barden to take his roster spot.

Duncan was hitting .227 with five homers and 32 RBIs this season.

Barden has alternated between St. Louis and Memphis this season and was most recently sent down July 11 after playing in just one game. Since then he's batted .381 with a home run and four RBIs for Memphis.

He's batting .233 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 52 games with the Cardinals this year.

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