Though the St. Louis Cardinals had previously disclosed that pitcher Marco Gonzales would be promoted from Double-A Springfield to start for the major league club on Wednesday, the corresponding moves to make space on the 40-man and 25-man active rosters were unclear. The moves unfolded in two steps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Kelly Temporarily Off the 40-man Roster
Pitcher Joe Kelly, out since April 17, was moved to the 60-day disabled list, which also takes him off the 40-man roster. Because the move can be retroactive, the right-hander can still be restored to the active roster whenever he completes his rehab from his left hamstring strain.
By the way, that is supposed to begin on Friday in Memphis. Kelly is expected to throw between 40-60 pitches for the Redbirds in his first rehab start.
Kozma DFAed, then Optioned
Wednesday morning, the Cardinals created a 25-man roster spot by designating shortstop Pete Kozma for assignment. A few hours later, the club announced the shortstop had cleared waivers and was optioned to Memphis.
My guess is that Gonzales had to be added to the 40-man in the morning before Kozma cleared optional assignment waivers in early afternoon. Because of his time in the majors, Kozma could not be optioned out without first clearing revocable waivers.
Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch noted that the team originally intended to move a pitcher out for Gonzales, but the plans changed Tuesday night when Shelby Miller was injured.
Bottom line is that Kozma remains on the 40-man roster and is now with Memphis. He did not play for St. Louis during his three days up this time.
Memphis was off Wednesday, but was only at 24 players before, so Kozma could be added without any other moves.
No Futures for Marco
Right-handed pitcher Trevor May, a top 20 prospect in Minnesota's organization, was named to the Futures Game U.S. Team on Wednesday as a replacement for Gonzales. As of now, injured Springfield outfielder James Ramsey is still on the roster.
Harris Back in the Saddle
Effective June 23rd, Springfield activated reliever Mitch Harris from the temporarily inactive list. He was placed there on Friday, June 20.
In 10 games, 14 innings since his promotion from Palm Beach on May 17, the 28-year-old has a 5.14 ERA to go with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Breyvic Valera to Springfield
Though Springfield lost Gonzales, they picked up a bat in second baseman Breyvic Valera from Palm Beach. The 2014 Florida State All-Star had a brief intro to Springfield as an injury fill-in in 2012, but this is his first real chance at Double-A.
The 21-year-old had a line of .333/.385/.388 in 323 plate appearances over 73 Florida State League games this season. Valera is fourth in the FSL batting race and is one of the toughest hitters to strike out in all of professional baseball this season, with just 13.
At the start of June, the switch-hitter was ranked 21st on The Cardinal Nation's top prospect list.
Wilson Requires Surgery
Valera should become Springfield's every day second baseman as Jacob Wilson's injured knee requires surgery that will keep him out until late in the season, reports the Springfield News-Leader. The 23-year-old has been out since June 17.
In our June top prospect list, Wilson had moved up to number 18 in the system.
Palm Beach was down two players coming in to Wednesday but got back to full strength with three additions.
The first is left-handed reliever Danny Miranda, activated off the seven-day disabled list. Placed on the DL on June 17, retroactive to June 14, the 23-year-old had 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.
Reed Gets Bump
In his last Midwest League outing, Reed allowed two runs on two hits over five innings. He struck out a career-high nine and also walked a career-high four on June 20.
Overall, the 23-year-old fanned 62 and walked just 18 in 72 innings for Peoria. Reed's ERA was 3.88 over his 13 starts.
With Palm Beach already with five starters – Petree, Kyle Helisek, Joe Cuda, Tyrell Jenkins, Silfredo Garcia – is it not clear where Reed will slot into the rotation. Perhaps one of them will be moving up to Double-A soon.
Reed will make his Palm Beach debut Thursday night at home against Charlotte.
From One Valera to Another
Replacing Breyvic Valera on the Palm Beach infield is Cesar Valera, off the disabled list of Peoria. The two are not related.
On May 17 retroactive to May 15, Cesar was placed on the Midwest League club's DL with a wrist/hand injury.
At the time he was injured, the 22-year-old was second on his club with a .297 batting average, fourth in on-base percentage at .345, third in slugging at .386 and second in OPS at .732. His nine doubles trailed team leader Ronald Castillo by just one.
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