Cards Transaction Roundup: Friday, August 1

The St. Louis Cardinals have made a series of roster changes across their system on Friday, August 1.

Robinson Returns to Familiar Role

To take the 25-man roster spot of traded outfielder Allen Craig, St. Louis recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from Triple-A Memphis. The right-hander is starting his fourth stint with the big league club in 2014 after spending all of 2013 in the majors.

The right-handed hitter was batting .304 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 53 games at Memphis. Robinson had just a .140 average with two RBI in his 31 combined games with the Cardinals earlier this season. As a pinch-hitter, his most likely role along with late-game defensive replacement, Robinson is just 2-for-18 (.111).

Martinez to Memphis

With the Cardinals adding two pitchers in trade acquisitions in John Lackey and Justin Masterson to its 25-man active roster, a pitcher had to go. As a result, the club optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez to Memphis.

Moved out of St. Louis’ rotation last week, the right-hander is expected to make his first Redbirds start of 2014 on Sunday. Martinez also made 13 starts for Memphis in 2013, posting a 2.51 ERA while striking out 63 in 68 innings.

Weaver on Wacha Program

Just as was the case Michael Wacha in 2012 and Marco Gonzales last season, the St. Louis Cardinals initially assigned their first-round draft pick this June, Luke Weaver, to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Now that Weaver has his feet on the ground as a professional and has dominated his younger competition in the GCL, the 20-year-old has been promoted to a more appropriate level, the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals. They also are based in Jupiter, Florida.

In four GCL starts, six innings, Weaver did not allow a run on four hits. He struck out nine and issued no walks. Weaver will make his Florida State League debut, starting for the Beach Birds on Friday night at Dunedin.

Morales Moving in Step

The Cardinals’ second-rounder this June, Andrew Morales, is on the same path as Weaver, moving from the GCL to Palm Beach.

The 20-year-old threw five innings over three GCL games since making his professional debut on July 11. Morales allowed three runs, two earned, on just two hits while holding batters to a .111 average. He fanned six and walked three.

Cuda Crashes

To make room for the above pair of new recruits, two Palm Beach pitchers left the active roster. The first, right-hander Joe Cuda, was given his release, the day after allowing just one run in a six-inning start vs. Lakeland.

The 24-year-old has been uneven recently, with a 6.67 ERA over his last five starts. That raised Cuda’s season ERA to 5.91 in 18 total starts. He was the Cards’ 27th-round pick in 2012.

Helisek Hits Reset

The second Palm Beach move was the assignment of left-hander Kyle Helisek to the temporarily inactive list. The 24-year-old had a strong first-half, earning a Florida State League all-star selection. On June 26, through his first dozen starts, Helisek had a 2.87 ERA.

It has been sharply downhill since. In his most recent six starts, Helisek has been hammered for an aggregate 7.24 ERA.

More News on the Way

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