Hamilton leads series of Cards minors moves

Memphis has finally activated outfielder/first baseman Mark Hamilton, leading to other moves across the Cardinals minor league system.

The Memphis Redbirds welcomed back one of their most dependable bats back on Friday when outfielder/first baseman Mark Hamilton was activated off the disabled list. The left-handed hitter had been out since spring training with a quad injury. With Matt Adams locked into first base, expect Hamilton to play regularly in left field for manager Pop Warner.

To make room for Hamilton, infielder Jermaine Curtis has been reassigned to the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. The 24-year-old had been with Memphis since the start of the season. In his first Triple-A action, Curtis had eight hits in 29 at-bats (.276) with one extra-base hit.

With Springfield, Curtis is taking the roster spot of infielder Niko Vasquez, who has been returned to Palm Beach from Springfield. After a 39-game Double-A trial last season in which he hit .225, the 23-year-old batted just .146 (7-for-48) with just one extra-base hit this time up.

Palm Beach is expected to announce its resulting roster move on Saturday.

In addition, Springfield made a swap of catchers on Friday. The Cardinals placed Audry Perez on the temporarily inactive list to attend to a personal matter. The 23-year-old's line is .245/.268/.377 in 53 at-bats over 15 Texas League games.

Springfield then activated Kleininger Teran from the seven-day disabled list. The 22-year-old Venezuelan will be making both his 2012 and Double-A debuts.

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