Cardinals July Pitcher of the Month hits DL

The Cardinals organization's top pitcher in July is placed on the DL after two August starts, setting off three other moves.

The St. Louis Cardinals made four roster moves with minor league hurlers on Saturday. The changes were driven by an injury to Memphis Redbirds starter John Gast. The left-hander has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, August 10.

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.

Gorgen, 25, along with Michael Blazek, has been shuttled up to Memphis several times each this season when the Redbirds needed pitching help. Gorgen was at Triple-A from June 21 to July 16 and again from July 26- August 2. With Memphis, the right-hander made four starts, logging a 0-1 record with a 5.89 ERA. He fanned 14 but walked 11 in 18 1/3 innings.

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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