Fornataro leads Cardinals transaction Monday

The St. Louis Cardinals made a series of minor league roster changes on Monday. UPDATED with three later moves.

It seems like there are often an abundance of roster moves on Mondays across the St. Louis Cardinals system and June 10 is no exception.

The five initial moves are these, with at least one more coming.

• Reliever Eric Fornataro was activated from Memphis' disabled list.
• Infielder Vance Albitz was returned to Springfield from Memphis.
• Second baseman Starlin Rodriguez was activated from Springfield's DL.
• Outfielder Nick Longmire was returned to Palm Beach from Springfield.
• Pitcher Chris Perry was returned to State College from Springfield.
• Palm Beach has not announced a move to accommodate Longmire

Fornataro, 25, a member of the Cardinals 40-man roster, has been Memphis' busiest pitcher this season with 21 appearances before going on the disabled list on May 29. Before missing 11 games, the normally-reliable right-hander had been shelled for seven earned runs over his most recent three appearances totaling four innings while absorbing a blown save and a loss.

For the season, Fornataro has a 5.68 ERA in 25 1/3 innings over 21 games. His strikeout to walk ratio is a pedestrian 15:8.

Albitz, 25, joined Memphis from Springfield on May 12. Earlier, Albitz was with the Pacific Coast Redbirds from the start of the season until April 9. The right-handed hitter also had a 13-game fill-in stint with Memphis last season.

This time in Triple-A, Albitz appeared in 19 games, going 11-for-51 (.216) with a double, three RBI and two stolen bases.

Rodriguez, 22, missed the minimum for Springfield, last playing on June 2. In 141 at-bats over his first 42 Texas League games, the right-handed batter has a line of .241/.289/.404.

Longmire, 24, spent less than a week with the Double-A Cards, joining the club last Wednesday when Tommy Pham was injured. In two Texas League games, the right-handed hitter went 1-for-8, a single, drew two walks and struck out five times.

Perry, 22, was a short-term fill in, called up from extended spring training for the just-completed weekend. The 2012 17th-rounder was not used out of the Springfield bullpen during his brief stay and will have to wait to make his official professional debut.


Palm Beach announced three moves along with the return of Longmire.

* Catcher Casey Rasmus activated from Peoria DL and transferred to Palm Beach
* Catcher Adam Lewis transferred from Palm Beach to extended spring training
* Reliever Jeff Rauh transferred from Palm Beach to extended spring training

Rasmus, 23, was injured in a collision on May 23. He finished his Midwest League stint with a line of .296/.359/.352. The switch-hitter scored 13 runs, drove in six and stole four bases across 71 at-bats in 25 games with Peoria.

Lewis, 24, joined Palm Beach on June 3 from extended spring training he took the roster spot of Jesus Montero. In his Florida State League debut consisting of one game, the left-handed hitter went 0-for-3.

Rauh, 23, was just added to the A-Advanced Cardinals over the weekend, and like Perry at Springfield, the right-hander did not appear in game action during his brief promotion.

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