Cardinals Weekend Player News: August 29-31

Weekend news on St. Louis Cardinals players system-wide – injuries, promotions, moves and returns. This article is being updated throughout the holiday weekend as news breaks.

Robinson is Done

Outfielder Shane Robinson underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday. On Monday, the 29-year-old had fractured a bone while sliding into second base and was placed on the disabled list the next day.

Robinson finishes with a line of .150/.227/.200 over 60 at-bats, including a 4-for-26 mark as a pinch-hitter. His future with the club may be uncertain since he will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this off-season.

Schumacher Still Shelved

Having last pitched five weeks ago, right-handed pitcher Cody Schumacher was placed on the seven-day disabled list of the State College Spikes.

The Cardinals 36th-rounder this June from Missouri State finishes his rookie season with a 3.58 ERA in 27 2/3 innings over six starts. Schumacher fanned 18, walked six and served up for long balls.

Vamoose Velazco

With the Palm Beach Cardinals reeling, yet still in the playoff hunt, the club lost a key contributor when placing catcher Gerwuins Velazco on the seven-day disabled list on Friday.

After short stints at Springfield and Peoria, Velazco has seen most of his 2014 playing time since joining Palm Beach. In 33 Florida State League games, the right-handed hitter has 16 RBI and a .281/.384/.396 line.

Need Help? Call Ehrlich!

Catcher Adam Ehrlich, this year’s system-wide catching jack-of-all-trades, is on the move again. The 21-year-old has been assigned to Palm Beach from the Johnson City Cardinals to cover for Velazco.

So far this season, this is Ehrlich’s third stop in the Florida State League. He opened on Palm Beach’s disabled list, then was activated in mid-April, only to be placed right back on the DL a week later. Since, he has gone to State College to Palm Beach to State College to Johnson City and now back to Palm Beach again.

Across his various stops, the left-handed hitter has a line of .195/.278/.239 in 113 at-bats over 33 games.

Perry Getting Tuned Up

On Friday, Palm Beach activated right-handed reliever Chris Perry from the seven-day disabled list. Though Perry went on the DL on August 16, it was clear his injury was not severe, since he was named to the Cardinals Arizona Fall League contingent earlier this week.

With Palm Beach, the 24-year-old has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings over 13 appearances. Perry has 18 strikeouts against six walks and FSL hitters are batting just .122 against him.

Saturday Update: Gibson to the Other Clubhouse

Now that the Gulf Coast League Cardinals season has ended, several of the team’s standouts have been promoted.

Outfielder Derek Gibson has been assigned to the offensively-struggling A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals, also located in Jupiter, Florida. Signed as a free agent in mid-June, the 23-year-old had a slash line of .301/.382/.434 line with 22 RBI in 143 at-bats over 42 GCL games.

Saturday Update: Sosa Heading North

Another GCL promotion is shortstop Edmundo Sosa, transferred to the short-season Class-A State College Spikes. In his first season in the US, the 18-year-old Panamanian had a line of .275/.341/.377 in 207 at-bats over 52 GCL contests.

Saturday Update: Pritchard May be Next

Though it has not been announced since Johnson City is off on Saturday, I have been informed that GCL outfielder Michael Pritchard is being assigned to the Appalachian League Cardinals.

The former University of Nebraska star, 22, who was signed as a free agent in June, logged a .330/.409/.379 line over 55 GCL games.

Sunday Update: Cardinals Recharge Roster

In paper moves, St. Louis temporarily optioned three pitchers to Double-A Springfield. All three can and almost assuredly will be recalled as soon as Springfield’s season ends on Monday. They are Marco Gonzales, Tyler Lyons and Nick Greenwood.

On Sunday, two players were added to St. Louis from Triple-A Memphis - lefty Kevin Siegrist and shortstop Pete Kozma.

In addition, infielder Greg Garcia will be moved from Springfield to Memphis to backfill Kozma during the Pacific Coast League playoffs, reports Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch. To stay at 25 players, Springfield will need to move out two others, as well.

Sunday Update: GCL Stocks State College

With the Gulf Coast League Cardinals’ season over, the organization has promoted three more players to State College, joining Edmundo Sosa as noted above. The newest Spikes are all pitchers – lefty Dylan Hawkins and right-handers Kevin Alexander and Tyler Dunnington.

Sunday Update: Pritchard Joined by Three More at JC

Along with Michael Pritchard’s promotion noted above, three other GCL Cardinals have been called up to Johnson City, whose first playoff game is Sunday. They are pitcher Jery Then, infielder Eliezer Alvarez and outfielder Moises Sierra.

More Sunday News: Memphis Gets Three

With Memphis heading to the post-season and Springfield eliminated, the organization promoted three pitchers from Double-A to the Triple-A club. They are starter Mike Mayers and relievers Sam Tuivailala and Mitch Harris.

Going in the reverse direction is Jonathan Cornelius, who struggled in his two Triple-A starts, allowing eight earned runs in 11 1/3 innings (6.35 ERA).

Monday Update: Ellis is Back

Not surprisingly, on the first day of expanded rosters, September 1, St. Louis second baseman Mark Ellis was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Though it was not known he was injured, the 37-year-old was placed on the DL on August 19 with what was called a left oblique injury. He was replaced by Greg Garcia, currently with Triple-A Memphis.

For the season, Ellis’ line is a poor .192/.267/.228/.495 in 191 plate appearances over 65 games. He should be rarely seen in September and will be a free agent this fall.

Monday Update: Plum for Petree

With Springfield’s announced final day starter Mike Mayers promoted to Memphis (see above), it only stands to reason his replacement would also be a call-up. Former Missouri State right-hander Nick Petree has been promoted from Palm Beach to start for the S-Cards in their final game of the season on Monday.

In addition, Mayers is starting for Memphis on Monday in place of Tim Cooney, who is likely being held back to start game one of the PCL playoffs.

Monday Update: Two Nicks are Better than One

Joining Petree in the jump from Palm Beach to Springfield for the final day was outfielder Nick Martini. Earlier in the season, the 24-year-old had a six-game injury fill-in test at Double-A and performed well.

With Palm Beach this season, the left-handed batter posted a .256/.334/.384 line in 438 at-bats over 115 Florida State League games. Martini hit seven home runs and drove in 59.

Monday Update: Well-Traveled Ehrlich at it Again

For State College’s playoff run, catcher Adam Ehrlich has been returned to the club from Palm Beach. (See that transaction earlier in this article.) The 21-year-old has played 18 games for the Spikes this season.

Monday Update: Two S-Cards recognized again

The Texas League announced that catcher Cody Stanley and former Springfield outfielder James Ramsey have been named to the 19-man 2014 Texas League Postseason All-Star Team.

Stanley has been one of the best overall players in the circuit, hitting .291 with 12 homers and 42 RBI. Defensively, he threw out an impressive 44% of would-be base stealers and allowed only three passed balls all year.

Ramsey, who was traded to Cleveland on July 30, put together some of the top offensive numbers during his time in the Double-A league, hitting .300 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI through 67 games with Springfield.

Both were also Texas League mid-season all-stars, along with four other teammates.

More News on the Way

Please remember to check back here. When additional transaction news comes to light over the holiday weekend, it will be added to this article. Have a happy and safe Labor Day!

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