Cardinals Majors Injuries Mean Minors Moves

With St. Louis Cardinals pitchers Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet injured, replacements are needed and being called upon, leading to a series of corresponding moves across the minor league system. Note: This article is being updated throughout the day as more information is made available.

With two St. Louis Cardinals relievers injured Tuesday evening in Arizona, a ripple effect of moves will be occurring down through the minor league system on Wednesday.

Not yet confirmed are the moves of right-handers Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez from Memphis to St. Louis. One is most likely to be officially promoted to the major league roster when Bryan Augenstein is placed on the disabled list. Another will be added if Brian Tallet's Wednesday hand examination in St. Louis indicates he will be out for more than 15 days.

It is important to note that both Salas and Sanchez are on the Cardinals' 40-man roster, meaning no other transactions would be required by St. Louis to accommodate them. Salas, 25, was called up six times last season, so he is familiar with the drill. On the other hand, Sanchez, 22, our fourth-ranked organizational prospect, has yet to make his major league debut. The two were among the Cardinals final cuts this spring.

The identities of the two replacement pitchers heading to Memphis have not yet been identified. However, we do know that pitchers Nick Greenwood and Jose Rada have been promoted from A-Advanced Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield.

Only one addition to Palm Beach has been confirmed at this time. Ricky Martinez, son of Palm Beach pitching coach Dennis Martinez, has been promoted to the club from Extended Spring Training.

Update 12:30 P.M. CDT. Reliever Cory Rauschenberger has been promoted to Memphis from Springfield. Reliever Ramon Delgado has been placed on Springfield's seven-day disabled list retroactive to Monday, April 11.

Victor Marte
Update 1:15 P.M. CDT. The Cardinals have acquired right-handed pitcher Victor Marte from the Kansas City Royals in return for future considerations. The 30-year-old will help backfill Memphis' bullpen.

Marte, a 6-foot-2, 255 pound native of the Dominican Republic, was first signed by Kansas City in 2000. He pitched in the DSL in 2000-01 before being placed on MLB's Disqualified List, where he remained until 2009.

After having been out of action for four years, Marte pitched for Hiroshima in Japan from 2006-08 where his ERA was 6.06. He later had 30 games of MLB experience with the 2009-10 Royals. During that time, his ERA was a hefty 9.30, though his ERA as a Royals minor leaguer prior to this season was 2.95. Marte was removed from Kansas City's 40-man roster in November 2010 and was with the Omaha Storm Chasers at the time of the trade.

Update: 5:05 P.M. CDT. The Cardinals officially announced that Augenstein (right groin strain) and Tallet (right hand fracture) have been placed on the 15-day DL and they have recalled Salas (uniform #59) and Sanchez (#52) from Memphis.

Update: Thursday A.M.. General manager John Mozeliak told that Tallet may miss four to six weeks after surgery to place a pin in his hand. It may be four or five days until the club has a reading on Augenstein's return.

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