St. Louis Cardinals Make Six Moves in Class A

Three players are primed for their first action of the 2011 season while three others are sidelined.

On Sunday, The St. Louis Cardinals made a quartet of moves with its Palm Beach Cardinals roster of the A-Advanced Florida State League.

- Outfielder D'Marcus Ingram has been placed on the club's Suspended List.
- Outfielder Adam Melker was assigned to Palm Beach from Extended Spring Training (previously announced).
- Right-handed pitcher Arquimedes Nieto was placed on Palm Beach's disabled list.
- Left-handed pitcher Daniel Calhoun was activated from the club's seven-day disabled list.

The Cardinals have also assigned a new outfielder to their Quad Cities affiliate from the Class A Midwest League.

- Outfielder Oscar Taveras has been placed on the club's disabled list (previously announced).
- Outfielder Virgil Hill has been assigned to Quad Cities from Extended Spring Training.

Ingram had returned to Palm Beach this spring after spending the latter half of the 2010 season there following his promotion from Quad Cities. The 23-year-old played in three 2011 games, most recently on Saturday. Ingram is batting .200 (2-for-10). The left-handed hitter drew two walks, struck out five times and was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

Nieto is a 21-year-old beginning his fifth season in the system. The native of Panama was moved from starting to the bullpen for 2011, but made just one appearance before heading to the DL. Pitching in Saturday night's seventh inning in relief of starter Maikel Cleto, Nieto suffered the loss after giving up a run on two hits and two walks in his lone inning of work. The latter base on balls brought home the winning run. His ERA sits at an even 9.00.

Calhoun, 24, opened the season on Palm Beach's DL with an undisclosed injury. The left-hander spent the 2010 season with Quad Cities, posting a perfect 10-0 record with a 3.75 ERA in 37 games (six starts). He has yet to take a loss through his first 49 professional appearances.

Hill, 21, is starting his third year in the Cardinals system. During the 2010 regular season, the right-handed hitter posted a line of .289/.384/.441 for Johnson City. In the playoffs, Hill led the league with three home runs, five RBI and four extra-base hits to help Johnson City take its first Appalachian League championship since 1976.

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