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|Hoffpauir back in Memphis|
Jarrett Hoffpauir's stay in the Major Leagues may have only lasted eight games, but his impression was apparently a lasting one.
"I thought he handled himself very well," St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa was quoted as saying on the Cardinals' Web site. "If we were at the magic number of pitchers, he would still be on the team."
The Cardinals optioned Hoffpauir to Triple-A Memphis to make room for infielder Mark DeRosa from the disabled list on Saturday afternoon.
"It's been a wild ride," Hoffpauir said. "But that's baseball. You have to be ready to rock when the time comes."
Hoffpauir, a rookie, appeared in eight games with the Cardinals and was 3-for-12 with a .438 on-base percentage.
His first hit was a game-winner. On July 3 in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 4-4, Hoffpauir was the hero as his two-out, two-run single over shortstop in the top of the ninth gave the Cardinals the deciding runs in a hard-fought 7-4 win.
"That's something I will never forget," Hoffpauir said. "I'll always have the feeling of what that was like."
Hoffpauir had two hits Monday and walked in Memphis' 7-6 loss to Nashville.
"It was kind of nice to get a lot of at-bats for a change," he said. "I was able to get some of the rust off. I wasn't getting a lot of at-bats in St. Louis. I just told myself to relax and do what I've always done."
Hoffpauir could likely be called back up to St. Louis when the rosters are expanded in September.
"I know what to expect and won't be as much on edge," Hoffpauir said. "That whole experience really helped me."
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