Descalso enjoys unusual big league debut

Descalso enjoys unusual big league debut

MIAMI -- Infielder Daniel Descalso, a recent Cardinals callup, is registered as having appeared in his first Major League game, even though his lone scheduled at-bat was aborted by the opposition's pitching change.

The unusual situation occurred against the Padres in the sixth inning on Saturday night. With the lefty-hitting Descalso coming to bat, Padres manager Bud Black opted to put in a left-handed reliever.That prompted Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to insert Nick Stavinoha for Descalso.

"I was locked in, getting ready to go," Descalso said. "I had some butterflies, but I was ready to hit."

With the pitching change, Descalso was soon in the dugout exchanging high-fives with his teammates.

"Guys said, 'Good going, way to get the pitcher out of the game,'" he said. "It's not how you envision your first Major League appearance. But hopefully it won't be my last."

Descalso, who hit .282 with nine homers and 71 RBIs at Triple-A this season, predictably said he has enjoyed every moment he's been in the Majors.

"I'm just trying to soak everything up and learn as much as I can here," he said.