Siegrist, Wick Lead Wednesday Cardinals News

News on Cardinals players from Kevin Siegrist’s return to St. Louis to Rowan Wick promotion from State College and many others in between.

Siegrist Ready for Action

As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals activated left-handed pitcher Kevin Siegrist from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. He was placed on the DL May 24 due to a left forearm strain.

During an injury rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Springfield, Siegrist appeared in five games, allowing no runs in 4 2/3 innings on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He logged 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his most recent outing on Monday.

As a rookie last season, Siegrist set the Cardinals team record for lowest ERA (0.45) by a relief pitcher (min. 35.0 IP), fanned 50 batters in 39 2/3 innings and allowed just 17 hits. This season, he has been less effective. Prior to going on the disabled list, Siegrist had a 1-1 mark with a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings over 23 games while striking out 27 and walking eight.

St. Louis still has three left-handers in its bullpen, with Siegrist joining Randy Choate and Sam Freeman.

Greenwood Returns to Memphis

In the corresponding move to Siegrist’s return, the Cardinals optioned pitcher Nick Greenwood to Memphis. The left-hander made his MLB debut last month and appeared in nine games with St. Louis. He was 1-1 with a 4.74 ERA and turned in two perfect innings of relief in his most recent outing Tuesday night.

Memphis has not yet announced its roster move to accommodate Greenwood.

Happy Birthday, Greg Miclat

On his 27th birthday, infielder Greg Miclat was activated off the seven-day disabled list of the Springfield Cardinals and reassigned to the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals.

Miclat, who was selected from Texas in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft last December, has been out since June 15. On the season, the switch-hitter has a line of .174/.188/.218 in 138 at-bats over 47 games with Springfield. He was 10-for-13 in stolen base attempts.

Palm Beach had been one player short after promoting outfielder Charlie Tilson to Springfield on Tuesday. Other middle infielders on the Palm Beach roster include Mason Katz, Cesar Valera and Ildemaro Vargas.

Wick Earns Full-Season Shot

The Cardinals have promoted Rowan Wick, the State College Spikes' single-season home run record holder, to the Class-A Peoria Chiefs.

In his first 19 games, the 21-year-old shattered the previous Spikes single-season home run record of 10, set by David Washington in 2013. The Cardinals’ 2012 ninth-round draft choice currently leads the New York-Penn League with 14 home runs, and also tops the league in runs batted in with 38.

The North Vancouver, BC native is also second in the New York-Penn League with a .378 batting average. Wick set a Spikes franchise record by reaching base in each of his last 26 games. The only negative is a strikeout rate of 28.6 percent (34 in 119 at-bats).

Wick’s fast start earned him New York-Penn League Player of the Week honors for the week ending June 23. The slugger also netted the Player of the Month award for June from the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation.

Peoples-Walls Gets a Reset

The Cardinals made the decision to jump 2013 Appalachian League All-Star Kenny Peoples-Walls over State College to start this season. After 3 ½ months, it seems the 20-year-old was not ready, so the outfielder has been sent down from Peoria to State College.

Technically, Peoples-Walls is returning to the NYPL, as he was promoted from Johnson City to the Spikes in the final week of the regular season last year, but he did not see any game action. The Los Angeles, CA native was hitting .234 with three home runss and 28 RBI in 81 games with the Chiefs.

Herrera Sidelined Again

One of the most valuable members of the Peoria Chiefs, shortstop Juan Herrera, has been placed on the seven-day disabled list due to a left ankle strain. The move is retroactive to Monday, July 21.

It is his second such injury this season, as Herrera was previously out from June 21 through June 30.

The 21-year-old leads the Chiefs in batting average at .301, stolen bases with 27 (in 40 attempts), doubles with 17, RBI with 44 and is second in runs scored with 44 and hits with 91.

No immediate replacement for Herrera on the Chiefs roster was announced, but help is needed. Richy Pedroza and Michael Schulze are the only other middle infielders currently active with Peoria.

More News on the Way

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