Update: The organization says the reason is fatigue, rather than any particular injury, with Gast having thrown 143 1/3 innings already this season. He is expected to be back after missing a turn in the rotation. The Post-Dispatch reports it is shoulder discomfort.
Replacing Gast on the Redbirds' active roster is a familiar face, Scott Gorgen. To backfill Gorgen in Springfield's bullpen, the Double-A club receives a left-hander, Iden Nazario from Palm Beach. To complete the set of moves, Palm Beach activates right-handed reliever Travis Miller from the seven-day DL.
After having been named the Cardinals organization's Pitcher of the Month for July, Gast's fortunes have taken a turn downward. The 23-year-old had his worst start in six weeks on August 7, when he was touched up for six runs, five earned, in 4 1/3 innings at Fresno.
Since his promotion to the Redbirds from Springfield on May 11, Gast posted an 8-3 record with a 4.79 ERA. In 16 starts, 92 innings, he has 74 strikeouts, but also 33 walks.
With Springfield, Gorgen was moved into the bullpen for this most recent five outings and is coming off a three-inning, no-hit, no-walk, six strikeout relief outing on Friday night.
Nazario, 23, was the Cardinals' 30th round selection in the June 2010 draft. The left-handed reliever had been with Palm Beach all season, striking out 55 and walking 36 in 56 2/3 Florida State League innings. Nazario's ERA was a tidy 2.38 in 37 games.
After his call-up from Quad Cities in mid-July, Miller appeared in just four FSL contests over 10 days before being placed on the DL on July 27. In those outings covering four innings, the 22-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on a whopping six hits and three walks.
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