10th-Rdr Diekroeger Among Tuesday Cards Moves

It has been a busy Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system with over a dozen transactions. Memphis loses its closer while the organization's 10th round draft pick suits up and a top prospect returns after 10 months away.

Aardsma's Momentum Stopped

Memphis closer David Aardsma was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday. The right-hander pitched a scoreless inning Monday night against Reno, his 28th appearance of the season.

Aardsma ranks second among Pacific Coast League relievers with a .147 (15-for-102) batting average against, tied for second in games finished (22), sixth in saves (11-for-11) and tied for eighth in games pitched. The right-hander had not allowed a run in his last 15 appearances, covering 16 innings.

Update: Aardsma has suffered a groin injury that requires surgery, reports the Post-Dispatch.

Wright Called Upon Again

To replace Aardsma on Memphis' roster, left-hander Justin Wright was added from Double-A Springfield. It will be Wright's second Triple-A stint. He logged a 5.40 ERA in three games from May 16 to May 23 in his Triple-A debut.

Since returning to Springfield, the 24-year-old allowed two runs in nine innings pitched over eight games. He allowed just seven hits, two walks and fanned 12.

Wright's replacement at Springfield has not yet been announced.

Miranda Not Right

The A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals placed left-handed reliever Danny Miranda on the 7-day disabled list. The transaction is retroactive to June 14.

Miranda, 23, last pitched in game action on June 9. Since being sent down from Springfield in early May, the former Miami hurler has appeared in 11 Florida State League games, 13 1/3 innings. Though he has a spotless 12:1 strikeout to walk ratio, Miranda yielded eight earned runs (5.40 ERA) on 19 hits.

Jenkins Ready to Roll

Tuesday is a big day for Tyrell Jenkins. The Palm Beach Cardinals activated the right-handed pitcher off the seven-day disabled list. The 21-year-old will get the start at home against Jupiter Tuesday evening.

Jenkins had been working his way back in extended spring training. The Texan's 2013 season ended prematurely with August shoulder surgery. The procedure repaired a torn lat muscle in Jenkins' right shoulder. At the time, the stated recovery time was six to eight months. It has been 10 months, so caution has seemingly been shown.

Wholesale SC-JC Moves as Predicted

As subscribers to The Cardinal Nation first learned on June 14, five of the initial members of the State College Spikes that were up from the Gulf Coast League in 2013 were likely to be re-assigned to Johnson City this week.

As predicted, those five players are in fact making that move from Short-Season Single-A State College to rookie-level Johnson City. Three are pitchers and two are infielders – right-handers Steven Farinaro and Dailyn Martinez plus left-hander Ian McKinney along with infielders Rafael Medina and Chris Rivera.

Activations at State College

Though previously announced as signed by the Cardinals and assigned to State College, right-handed pitchers Daniel Poncedeleon (ninth round) and Cody Schumacher (36th round) had yet to be activated. That took place on Tuesday.

Left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber (fourth round), previously announced as signed by the Cardinals, has been assigned to State College and activated as well.

10th Rounder Diekroeger Signs

Stanford 3B Danny Diekroeger, taken in the 10th round of the 2014 draft, has been signed by St. Louis and assigned to State College. The senior batted .311 with a .402 on base percentage for the Cardinal this spring.

37th Rounder Raffield Signs

Georgia State outfielder Chase Raffield has come to terms with the Cardinals and is also joining the Spikes. During his senior season, Raffield was first-team All-Sun Belt Conference and an All-American for the second consecutive year. The left-handed batter hit .356 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 56 games. The 22-year-old finished tied for seventh in the NCAA in home runs and 11th in RBI.

First State College Injury

State College also placed outfielder Brian Vigo on the seven-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to June 14.

In his only game action to date in 2014, the right-handed hitter went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored on June 13. Vigo left the game in the ninth inning with a hand injury that could keep him out for an extended period.

Free Agent Gibson Signs

Non-drafted Southeast Missouri State outfielder Derek Gibson has agreed to sign with the Cardinals, the player announced on Twitter on Tuesday. The 23-year-old will report to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Wednesday, according to semoball.com's conversation with the school's sports information department.

Gibson was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection twice in his career at Southeast. The left-handed batter hit .403 his senior season with 70 RBI and was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder also played quarterback for the Redhawks' football team.

More News on the Way

Please remember to check back here. If additional transaction news comes to light on Tuesday, it will be added to this article!

For more information

The State College roster page here on the main site is not yet 100 percent accurate. I will be moving other players around this week as their new rosters are announced.

Of course, more signings may be announced any day.

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For those who want to dig in and both see and read details about the 42 players selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, The Cardinal Nation has a very comprehensive set of reports for you to view.

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Cardinals Draft Day Three coverage (rounds 11-40)
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