Cardinals System Player News: August 25

Monday news on eight St. Louis Cardinals players – injuries, promotions, moves and returns, including New York-Penn League Player of the Week Jake Stone.

Molina, Wacha Getting Closer

The Cardinals have announced that catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Michael Wacha have shown continued improvement in their injury rehabilitation. Both players will report to the team’s Double-A Springfield club this week with plans to continue their rehab. With Springfield’s season having just one week remaining, it is not clear if they will be activated.

Wacha to Pitch a Pen

Wacha is scheduled to report and throw a “live” batting practice session to the Springfield team on Wednesday, August 27.

Wacha, 5-5, 2.79 ERA, has been sidelined since June 18 due to a right shoulder stress reaction.

Molina Working Out

Molina will report to Springfield on Tuesday, August 26, where he will go through a full workout with the Double-A club.

Molina, who is batting .287 with 7 home runs and 30 RBI, has been sidelined since July 10 after having suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb that required corrective surgery.

Lyons Back to Bigs

Left-hander Tyler Lyons, due to start for Memphis Monday night, was instead recalled to St. Louis that afternoon to provide bullpen depth.

Lyons, 26, is making his third appearance with the Cardinals this season. He is 0-3 with a 5.46 ERA in seven games (four starts) for St. Louis this season. Lyons has compiled an 8-2 mark with a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts for Memphis. He walked just 18 batters and struck out 75 in his 81 1/3 innings pitched for the Triple-A Redbirds.

Garcia to Springfield (temporarily)

To make room for Lyons, the Cardinals optioned second baseman Greg Garcia to Double-A Springfield.

Garcia has appeared in nine games for the Cardinals this season, collecting a pair of hits in 12 at-bats. This time up, which began on August 19 when Mark Ellis was placed on the disabled list, Garcia went 0-for-2, both strikeouts.

With the Double-A Cards close to post-season elimination, their season will likely end on Labor Day. That would enable the organization to return Garcia back to St. Louis more quickly and easily, which explains why he is not back with Memphis.

Miclat Moved

Perhaps in anticipation of the Monday Garcia move on Monday, the Cardinals promoted infielder Greg Miclat from Springfield to Memphis.

Miclat started 2014 with Springfield, then was injured and assigned to Palm Beach upon his activation. Back he went to Double-A last week, only to be moved up to Triple-A now. Between his two stops to date, the 27-year-old has a line of .215/.312/.276 and is 14 of 17 in stole bases. Miclat first reached Triple-A in 2012 when he was with the Texas Rangers organization.

Gast Sidelined

After being scratched in each of his last two starts, left-handed pitcher John Gast was placed on the disabled list of Triple-A Memphis. The transaction is retroactive to August 14.

The 25-year-old was activated off the DL on June 7 following his recovery from shoulder surgery. Gast had rehabbed during extended spring training then made on start for Palm Beach.

With Memphis, Gast made 12 appearances, 11 starts, and logged a 4.85 ERA, including eight home runs. In 59 1/3 innings, he struck out 36 and walked 22.

Thomas Returns

On Sunday, Springfield activated reliever Chris Thomas off the seven-day disabled list. The 26-year-old spent the minimum time out.

Across three levels this season, Thomas has registered an ERA under two at each. With Springfield, the right-hander has a 1.46 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts and just four walks in 24 2/3 innings.

Stone Solid

State College first baseman Jake Stone has been named the New York-Penn League Player of the Week for the period of August 18-24. Though the 23-year-old batted .381 over five games, the left-handed hitter did most of his damage, seven hits and nine RBI, over the three games Thursday through Saturday. The latter game was the Spikes’ division title-clincher.

Cardinals Snubbed in Two Post-Season All-Star Lists

On Monday, the post-season all-star teams for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League and Class-A Midwest League. In both cases, the Cardinals were shut out of the 12-man teams – for the second consecutive season.

Post-season all-star teams typically consist of just one lineup, whereas mid-season all-star teams are usually two full rosters that face off in an all-star game. Post-season all-stars do not.

At mid-season, the Memphis had two all-stars, outfielder Stephen Piscotty and pitcher Angel Castro. Peoria had seven all-stars: pitchers Arturo Reyes, Chris Perry and Zach Loraine, catcher Carson Kelly, infielder Juan Herrera and outfielders C.J. McElroy and Ronald Castillo.

More News on the Way

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