Cardinals Friday Minors Roster Shuffles

At least 13 transactions are occurring Friday across the Cardinals system with more to come!

The St. Louis Cardinals have initiated a series of minor league moves on Friday. There are more corresponding moves coming, so check back here for updates.

The first three were reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold via Twitter.

* Quad Cities second baseman Kolten Wong has been placed on the disabled list.
* Springfield closer David Kopp has been promoted to Memphis.
* Palm Beach closer Jordan Swagerty has been promoted to Springfield.

Wong, 20, the Cardinals first-round selection this June, left Thursday night's game after suffering a hamstring injury to his left leg while sliding into third base in the bottom of the eighth inning. This was first reported by the Quad-City Times and highlighted by Josh Jones in Friday's Minor League Notebook.

Over his first 40 professional games, the left-handed hitter has a line of .327/.386/.500. Wong has hit four Midwest League home runs, driven in 20 and scored 31 runs as the Bandits' leadoff hitter.

Kopp, 25, was recently converted from starting to relief after multiple years dodging various shoulder and elbow injuries and performed well for Springfield. The right-hander was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this season but may be pitching himself back into contention. Kopp previously had five starts with Memphis last season before being returned to Springfield.

Having begun the season with Quad Cities, Swagerty receives his second promotion of 2011. After starting for the first half of the season, the right-hander was moved back into the bullpen to keep his workload down. The Cardinals' second-round pick in the 2010 draft has a 1.71 ERA and a strikeout to walk ratio of 82 to 18 in 84 2/3 innings between Quad Cities and Palm Beach.

The Memphis Redbirds announced these additional transactions:

* Reliever Ron Mahay has been released.
* Reliever Rich Rundles has been activated from the disabled list.

With the signing of left-hander Arthur Rhodes by the Cardinals, Mahay could see the handwriting on the wall in terms of no future in St. Louis and reportedly asked for his release.

Rundles, once released this season himself only to be re-signed, has been on the DL for the last two weeks and steps into Mahay's old role (and his role prior) with Memphis. Raul Valdes is the Redbirds' other lefty reliever.

The others are being reported here first.

* Batavia second baseman Joey Bergman has been promoted to Quad Cities.
* Palm Beach outfielder Edgar Lara has been reassigned to Quad Cities.

Bergman is likely being added as the result of Wong's injury. The 23-year-old began the season in extended spring training, first joining Quad Cities on June 4. After struggling for almost a month, Bergman was returned to Batavia. There he earned a second consecutive New York-Penn All-Star Game selection. This time, he will not be around to participate.

Lara, 22, spent all of 2010 with the River Bandits. Despite batting just .239, the Dominican Republic native launched 17 home runs and drove in 73. This season with Palm Beach, the right-handed hitter earned a Florida State League All-Star berth before hitting just .227 in the second half.

Update 2:45 P.M. CDT Friday- The Cardinals announce:

* Reliever Raul Valdes is designated for assignment.
* Catcher Tony Cruz is optioned to Memphis.
* Reliever Arthur Rhodes' signing.

Rhodes essentially takes Valdes' spot on the 40-man (both are lefties) and Cruz' spot on the 25-man (active) roster. The Cardinals had been one pitcher short since Lance Lynn went on the DL on Wednesday.

Valdes, a 33 year-old native of Cuba, was with the major league club from June 23 through July 28. In 5 1/3 innings for St. Louis, the left-hander was charged with two earned runs on six hits and four walks. He fanned seven. He is expected to remain with Memphis.

Cruz impressed in his time with St. Louis, but the club does not need three catchers. The 24-year-old will almost certainly be back with St. Louis in September once Memphis' season is over and rosters expand. In 69 plate appearances over 34 games for the Cardinals, Cruz' line was .258/.333/.339.

Update 3:30 P.M. CDT:

* Quad Cities placed outfielder Michael Swinson on the disabled list, retroactive to August 11.

This is the 21-year-old's second visit to the DL this season. Swinson was out with an ankle injury from April 30 until May 11. In 331 at-bats over 93 games for the Bandits this season, the left-handed hitter's line is .248/.359/.329. Swinson has 59 strikeouts and 58 walks.

Update 4:30 P.M. CDT:

* Reliever Chase Reid returned from injury rehab with GCL, activated from Springfield DL and transferred to Palm Beach.
* Starting pitcher Kevin Siegrist activated from Palm Beach disabled list.

Reid, 23, jumped from Batavia in 2010 to Palm Beach this season. He was promoted to Springfield on May 19 and pitched in Double-A until going on the DL on July 7. The righty began his rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League on August 6. Reid pitched in three games, allowing two earned runs in four innings.

Siegrist, 22, has been on the DL for all except one day since July 13, in two different stretches. On the season, between Quad Cities and Palm Beach, he has an 8-3 record with a sparkling 1.87 ERA.

As noted above, more moves are likely coming, so stay tuned!

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