O’Neill Returns to Memphis and Other Moves

Outfielder Mike O’Neill takes his on-base skills back to Triple-A and other Cardinals transaction news from Thursday.

Will Third Time be O’Neill’s Charm?

On Thursday, the parent St. Louis Cardinals promoted outfielder Mike O’Neill to Triple-A Memphis from Double-A Springfield. It is the 26-year-old’s third time up to the Pacific Coast Legaue. The initial move was for the final month of the 2013 season, followed by nine games earlier this season.

The left-handed hitter’s line .269/.343/.347 in 92 games for Springfield. In his brief Memphis stint, O’Neill’s line was .308/.400/.423. The former 31st rounder was removed from St. Louis’ 40-man roster earlier in the season and went unclaimed.

Feliciano’s Fire No Longer Lit

To make room for O’Neill on the Memphis roster, left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano was released. The former New York Met, age 37, was signed to a minor league deal in May, but never reached any level of consistency with the Redbirds.

Overall, in 21 innings over 22 games, Feliciano had a 1-4 record with a 5.57 ERA. He gave up five long balls while PCL hitters batted a collective .307 against him.

Does these Moves Mean Something Else?

Some of the Twitterazzi suggested O’Neill’s promotion may be signaling the Friday recall of Memphis outfielder Randal Grichuk to be St. Louis’ weekend designated hitter in Baltimore.

While that could happen, there is a less exciting but very logical explanation that has nothing to do with St. Louis. With four double-headers in the last two weeks, Memphis had been carrying 14 pitchers and only three outfielders. This pair of transactions helps better re-balance the roster.

Washington Working His Way Back

Palm Beach Cardinals first baseman David Washington has begun a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, where he went 1-for-2 with a double and strikeout as Thursday’s designated hitter.

Having missed about five weeks of action, the 23-year-old was leading Palm Beach with 12 home runs and 43 RBI in 70 games at the time of his injury. His home run total is still highest on the team today.

On the other side of the coin, the left-handed hitter has struck out in exactly one of every three at-bats and has just a .224 average in his first season in the Florida State League.

More News on the Way

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

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