Heyer Return to Double-A Leads Friday Moves

After three rough outings, right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer was returned to Springfield from Memphis. Other Friday transactions are also noted.

Housecleaning for Gast

In preparation for what I suspect will be the Sunday activation and start for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of left-hander John Gast, the Pacific Coast League club dropped two players from the active roster.

This was necessary to get the Memphis roster down to 25.

Gast. 26, made one successful start for A-Advanced Palm Beach on Monday on his way back from shoulder surgery.

Heyer Returned to Sender

Right-handed pitcher Kurt Heyer has been returned to the Double-A Springfield Cardinals from Memphis.

The 23-year-old had been bumped from the Redbirds rotation after two fill-in starts in which he was charged with a total of eight earned runs in 9 2/3 innings. Heyer then made one relief appearance in which he yielded two more runs in 2 2/3 frames.

In fairness to him, Heyer was not ready for Triple-A, having made just nine starts at Double-A with a 5.51 ERA.

Hopefully, Heyer will return to developing in the Springfield rotation. In fact, like in Memphis, the Texas League Cards' Saturday starter is listed as "TBD."

Now, the Springfield roster appears to be one player over, however.

Almarante Again Unarmed

In another Memphis move, reliever Jose Almarante suffered a setback that returned the reliever to the seven-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to June 3.

Previously, the 25-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list on May 17 and was activated on May 27. After re-joining the active roster, Almarante made just one mound appearance. On May 28, he had a 1-2-3 inning that included a strikeout.

Why Rosenberg?

Well, I thought I had all the above moves figured out – that is before reading on MiLB.com that catcher Dante Rosenberg has been activated by Memphis. That again puts the club at 26 active players.

Then there is the question of why the Redbirds need a third catcher, especially one who played sparingly last season way down at short-season State College (.139 BA in 36 at-bats) and has apparently been stashed on Memphis' disabled list for the last two-plus months – since opening day.

In the last two years, the Memphis DL was used for other catchers. Two years ago, Roberto Espinoza was placed there as he was transitioning from playing to coaching. Last season, Geoff Klein, who had never played above Palm Beach and did not hit well there, spent time with the Redbirds prior to his release.

I imagine this will at least partially be cleared up on Saturday – at least I hope so.

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