Cardinals Weekend Transaction Roundup: 7/28

It was another busy weekend of player transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, so let’s jump right in!

Perez Returns

After a week away to attend to personal matters, catcher Audry Perez returned to the Memphis Redbirds on Friday. The 25-year-old will continue sharing the workload behind the plate with veteran Ed Easley.

Perez had been optioned to Memphis from St. Louis on July 11 when George Kottaras was signed. He did not appear in game action until being placed on the restricted list on July 17.

He remains on St. Louis’ 40-man roster, but with the signing of A.J. Pierzynski, his near-term chance to contribute in the majors has been blocked.

Rosenberg Knows the Route

Having spent the first few months of the season on Memphis’ DL and serving as bullpen catcher, Dante Rosenberg is familiar with Memphis. Last week, he was called back to the Redbirds to cover while Perez was away.

On Friday, Rosenberg was returned to A-Advanced Palm Beach, where he will support Gerwuins Velazco. In two games for Memphis, Rosenberg went 0-for-3 and is batting .200 in 16 Florida State League contests.

Rodriguez Back to the Other Clubhouse

Palm Beach’s temporary reserve catcher, Frankie Rodriguez, was sent back to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals now that Rosenberg has returned to Florida. Rodriguez, who turned 19 years of age on Sunday, did not appear in game action with Palm Beach.

In 35 at-bats over 14 GCL contests, the right-handed hitter has an unusual line of .229/.413/.229. Rodriguez has eight hits, 11 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Wright is Not

After suffering an injury while warming up to enter Springfield’s game on Thursday night, reliever Justin Wright was placed on the Double-A club’s disabled list on Friday.

Though the 24-year-old struggled in an earlier seven-game tryout with Memphis, Wright has been lights out for Springfield. The left-hander has a 1.01 ERA and a strikeout to walk count of 34 to 10 in 35 2/3 Texas League innings.

Gaviglio Shelved

On Sunday, the day before his next scheduled start, right-hander Sam Gaviglio was placed on Springfield’s seven-day disabled list.

After a rough start to the season, the 24-year-old has been one of the Double-A Cards’ most consistent pitchers of late. In April-May, Gaviglio’s ERA was 6.47. In a major June-July turnaround, it has been just 2.52.

Update: Though indicates Gaviglio on the DL, the Springfield club shows him on the temporarily inactive list.

Door Opens for Reed

Perhaps looking ahead to Monday night’s start for Springfield, the Cardinals promoted left-hander Jimmy Reed to the Double-A club from Palm Beach.

The 23-year-old left-hander was advanced from Peoria just one month ago, but actually got better results at Palm Beach. In five Florida State League starts, Reed posted a 2.57 ERA, going 4-0 while fanning 21 and walking just one in 35 innings.

T Lee Loaded

To replace Reed at Palm Beach, the Florida State League club activated swingman Thomas Lee off the seven-day disabled list. The right-hander had been shelved on July 19.

The 24-year-old control artist has fanned 40 and walked just four in 57 2/3 Florida State League innings this season. Lee’s ERA is 3.57 across eight starts and 12 relief appearances.

B Lee to Regroup

Reliever Brandon Lee was activated off the disabled list of Class-A Peoria and re-assigned to short-season Class-A State College on Saturday. The 23-year-old right-hander had suffered an ankle injury and went on the DL effective July 15.

On the season, Lee has a 6.33 ERA in 21 1/3 innings over 15 Midwest League appearances. He struck out 16, walked nine and served up two long balls.

Herrera Returns to Peoria

The Peoria Chiefs are getting an important member of their offense and defense back with the activation of shortstop Juan Herrera off the seven-day disabled list on Monday. The 21-year-old spent the minimum time out and continued to take batting practice last week as he dealt with a recurrence of an earlier left ankle injury.

When placed on the DL, Herrera led 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.

Perez Parked

Peoria gained a bat in Herrera, but lost one in outfielder Luis Perez, placed on the seven-day DL on Monday with sore left knee.

In 78 at-bats over 24 Midwest League games, the 23-year-old has a line of .308/.349/.474 and contributed 12 RBI. Perez also appeared in 13 games with Palm Beach earlier in the season.

Gerdel on the Shuttle

On Sunday, the Cardinals returned pitcher Anderson Gerdel to Johnson City from State College. The 21-year-old had moved in the opposite, upward direction on July 9.

While the right-hander fanned nine and walked just two in nine New York-Penn League innings, batters hit .333 against him and he allowed five earned runs for a symmetric 5.00 ERA. With Johnson City, Gerdel’s ERA is 1.64.

Muscarello Adds to Free Agent Take

The Cardinals continue to sign non-drafted free agents with the most recent addition being shortstop Christian Muscarello. The 22-year-old has been assigned to rookie-level Johnson City.

Muscarello batted .319 his senior season for Trinity University and was named to the NCAA Division III Regional All-Tournament Team in May.

Mateo Ready for New Challenge

After making just six Gulf Coast League starts in his first official US action this summer, right-hander Julio Mateo was deemed ready for Johnson City.

Still just 18 years of age, the right-hander went 4-2 in the GCL. Mateo struck out 28 and walked just seven in 34 2/3 innings, but also yielded three long balls and 20 earned runs in total for a 5.19 ERA.

Rebounding DSL Recruit

Last week, the Cardinals activated a new free agent signee, catcher Ignacio Chevalier. The 20-year-old played for the 2013 Dominican Summer League Yankees, but batted just .091 in limited action before being released in December.

Update: McKinney Gets Good Return

The Cardinals originally jumped five players to the State College Spikes to start short season ball with the likelihood all would quickly drop down to Johnson City once the latter club opened play. It gave them an early taste of their next step up the ladder.

One of the group was pitcher Ian McKinney, the first to reverse the move, returned to State College on Monday.

The left-hander had made one start for the Spikes, on June 15, before reporting to Johnson City. At the latter stop, McKinney logged a 1.26 ERA in six starts. The 19-year-old fanned 31 and walked seven in 35 2/3 Appalachian League innings and was the league’s Player of the Week for the period ending June 22nd and again on July 6.

More News on the Way

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