More Cards Monday minor league roster moves

The St. Louis Cardinals are making a series of changes to their minor league rosters on Monday.

It is not unusual for Mondays to feature a number of transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system as problems encountered over the weekend are formally addressed. So it is again this week.

The first was announced on Sunday, when Memphis reliever Eduardo Sanchez was placed on the seven-day disabled list. It was especially bad timing for the right-hander, as St. Louis' relief corps has been struggling and Sanchez' results were speaking loudly on his behalf.

On Monday, the organization formalized the promotion of Springfield closer Keith Butler to replace Sanchez at Memphis. Butler probably deserved to be in Triple-A to start the season, but had to wait until there was room.

At this point, it appears the Double-A Cards will be playing one pitcher short, unless they announce an arm coming off the disabled list.

A replacement does not appear to be on his way from Palm Beach, as the A-Advanced Cardinals are now down one hurler, too. Lefty Danny Miranda went on the seven-day DL on Monday and was not immediately replaced.

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Palm Beach also swapped two position players, as catcher Jonathan Keener went onto the DL, replaced by outfielder Jimmy Parque, up from extended spring training.

Miranda, a 22-year-old Miami native, finished last season in the Florida State League and returned this season. 2013 had begun well for the left-hander, as he had thrown five scoreless innings over four games. Miranda allowed just four hits, fanned five and walked none. His most recent outing was 1 1/3 scoreless frames on Sunday.

Keener, 23, managed just a single game appearance for Palm Beach since his promotion from extended spring training last week. On Sunday, the right-handed hitter had a single in three at-bats.

Parque, 24, was an off-season addition whose contract was purchased from Rockford of the independent Frontier League last November. In 20 games for Rockford last summer, the left-handed hitter batted .304 and recorded an on-base percentage of .448.

This article will be updated later if additional transactions are announced on Monday.



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