Cards activate McClellan, Nats send down Maya

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals activated right-handed pitcher Kyle McClellan off the 15-day disabled list Wednesday before his start against the Washington Nationals.

McClellan (6-2, 3.86 ERA) suffered a left hip strain May 30 against the Giants and was placed on the DL the next day. Infielder Matt Carpenter was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to make room for McClellan.

Washington announced that pitcher Yunesky Maya (0-1, 6.86) was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, one night after his start against the Cardinals. To replace Maya, Washington recalled right-handed reliever Collin Balester from Syracuse.

The Cardinals plan to activate outfielder Matt Holliday from the disabled list Thursday. Holliday has missed 13 games with a left quad strain.

The Nationals will activate pitcher Tom Gorzelanny (elbow) on Thursday, and plan to start the left-hander Sunday against Baltimore.