Cardinals shift five in Monday minors moves

News on a half-dozen St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including rehab progress by a top prospect.

Additon idled again

After pitcher Nick Additon made two rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League, the Memphis Redbirds activated him off the seven-day disabled list on July 21st. The left-hander started for the Pacific Coast League club that night, going 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Five days later, he took the mound again, fanning nine and allowing four runs, only one earned, in four frames.

However, the next day, Friday, Additon was back on the DL. The 24-year-old had spent a month on the shelf starting on June 21 due to left shoulder discomfort, but this time, it is due to pain in his left knee. Overall, Additon has a 4.55 ERA in 18 Triple-A starts this season. He has struck out 81 but walked 41 in 87 PCL innings.

Blazek back in a familiar place in a new role

Until Monday, the Redbirds were not issued a roster replacement for Additon. That changed on Monday when the parent Cardinals promoted right-hander Michael Blazek to Memphis from the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.

The 23-year-old right-hander made two spot starts for Memphis last season, one in July and one in September. Other than seven starts earlier, Blazek has worked out of the Springfield bullpen in 2012. Overall, he has a 6.61 ERA as a starter compared to a 2.38 mark in 22 relief appearances. As a reliever, Blazek improved his strikeout rate, fanning 42 and walking just 11 in 34 innings out of the Springfield pen.

Reid returns to Springfield

To replace Blazek, another player receives a second chance to make a first impression.

The Cardinals have transferred pitcher Chase Reid from A-Advanced Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield. This season, the right-handed sidearmer made 28 appearances out of Palm Beach's the bullpen, posting a 4.71 ERA. He fanned 37 and issued 18 free passes in 42 FSL innings.

This will be Reid's second stint in Springfield, as he spent part of last May and all of June in Double-A. He was then injured and after coming off the DL, was returned to Palm Beach to finish the 2011 season. The 24-year-old remained at A-Advanced in 2012 and spent 11 days on the disabled list this June with shoulder tendinitis.

Getting some of the Swag back

In other Springfield news, right-hander Jordan Swagerty, out for the season due to Tommy John surgery, announced a major milestone via Twitter on Monday afternoon.

"Threw a baseball for the first time today since surgery feels great to be back at it," the prospect hurler tweeted.

Wacha ready for more appropriate competition

As expected, the 19th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha, has been added to the Palm Beach roster from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

The 6-foot-6, 21-year old right-hander will make his Florida State League debut on Monday night, as he is slated to relieve starter Kevin Siegrist. Wacha will be making his fourth professional appearance after tossing five innings for the GCL Cardinals. The right-hander impressed in his three GCL appearances, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out seven.

Longmire taking a step backward

In addition to promoting Reid, Palm Beach also sent one player down as outfielder Nick Longmire has been reassigned to Cass-A Quad Cities. The 23-year-old, taken in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, is another rebounder, having spent all of 2011 with the River Bandits.

Longmire has struggled with Florida State League pitching in 2012, logging a line of .189/.233/.269/.502 in 297 at-bats over 84 games.

At this point, the River Bandits have not announced their roster move to make room for Longmire.



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