Catcher Steven Hill had his contract purchased from Triple-A Memphis, and arrived in time for Wednesday's series finale against the Padres at Busch Stadium.
"Any time you can get back up here, it's amazing," said Hill, who traveled from Tucson to St. Louis on Wednesday to be in uniform in time for the game. "I really didn't expect it at all. It was a big surprise. I'm pretty happy to be here."
Hill, who entered Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Padres as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and went 0-for-1, has been added to both the 40-man and 25-man roster, making both full. Hill is hitting .257 with four homers in 19 games for Memphis.
"[Steven's] got a good power bat," said Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams, who's spent time with Hill in Memphis earlier this season. "He knows the strike zone pretty well, and I think he's going to come up here looking to hit. He's good defensively too, whatever position. He played a lot of positions down there in Memphis, so whatever the team needs here, he'll be the guy for it."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Hill had been called up mainly because of the way he had been swinging the bat. But Hill is also an asset defensively because of his versatility. Hill could see time at first, behind the plate and in the outfield, Matheny said.
Matheny also said catcher Tony Cruz could get more playing time in a utility role, and Daniel Descalso could play first, as well. The manager also hasn't ruled out the possibility of moving catcher Yadier Molina to first base for a day or two to give him some rest.