Depleted Memphis adds outfielder Lou Montanez

Third veteran outfielder added to St. Louis Cardinals Triple-A club since the season began.

The St. Louis Cardinals, hit by a series of injuries, required a number of reinforcements from Triple-A Memphis. With the Pacific Coast League club down to three healthy outfielders, the parent club added free agent outfielder Lou Montanez to the Redbirds' roster on Monday.

Montanez was in Phillies camp this spring
The 30-year-old was the Cubs' first-round draft pick, third overall, back in 2000. After reaching Triple-A. Montanez moved to the Orioles system as a free agent prior to the 2007 season.

Between 2008-10, the Puerto Rican native played in 93 major league games for the Orioles, but batted just .223 combined. Montanez hit four home runs and drove in 23 in 266 plate appearances with Baltimore.

Designated for assignment by the Orioles late in the 2010 season, Montanez then returned to the Cubs system last year. He began with the Iowa Cubs, where he had last played in 2006. The right-handed hitter also appeared in 36 games for Chicago, batting .222, and was removed from the 40-man roster in November.

Moving on again, Montanez began 2012 with the Phillies' Triple-A club at Lehigh Valley. After 17 games of a .136 average, he was released on May 7. In 13 minor league seasons, Montanez has a .285/.351/.432 line.

Ex-Memphis outfielders Shane Robinson and Adron Chambers were recalled to St. Louis in recent days and the organization released veteran Amaury Cazana during a brief period recently when injuries seemed to be in check. Since then, Jon Jay, Allen Craig and Lance Berkman went onto St. Louis' disabled list.

Coming into Monday, the only active outfielders on the Memphis roster were Mark Hamilton, a first baseman until this season, Cedric Hunter, acquired from Oakland in April and Jamie Romak, picked up from Kansas City last week. Catcher/first baseman Steven Hill can cover the corners in a pinch, but he is needed at first base with Matt Adams also promoted to St. Louis.

Even with this move, Memphis remains one player short with Brandon Dickson also having been called up to St. Louis when Kyle McClellan was injured.

To see the entire Cardinals system from top to bottom by level and position, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

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