ST. LOUIS, May 27 (UPI) -- With closer Jason Isringhausen still recovering from shoulder surgery, the St. Louis Cardinals have Esteban Yan from the Texas Rangers.
The Cardinals also received an undisclosed amount of cash to help pay for Yan's salary, and sent minor league outfielder Rick Asadoorian to the Rangers.
St. Louis recently has been using righthander Cal Eldred as a closer in Isringhausen's absence.
Yan, 27, struggled with Texas, going 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA in 15 appearances. In 23 1/3 innings, the righthanded reliever has allowed 31 hits and seven walks, and has 25 strikeouts.
The 6-4, 255-pounder spent the previous five seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and was their closer in 2001 and 2002, totaling 41 saves.
Yan began his major league career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1996 before being selected by Tampa Bay in the 1998 expansion draft.
To make room for Yan on the 25-man roster, southpaw Les Walrond will be outrighted in order to clear space on the 40-man roster. In addition to the trade, St. Louis placed second baseman Fernando Vina on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and called up outfielder So Taguchi from Triple-A Memphis of the International League.
Asadoorian, 22, was acquired by the Cardinals from Boston in December 2001. He batted .265 at Single-A Peoria last season, and was hitting .192 in 44 games at Single-A Palm Beach this season.
St. Louis relievers are a combined 7-11 with a 4.10 ERA this season. With Isringhausen on the DL, five different pitchers have recorded a save for the Cardinals this year.