The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have added five players to their active roster prior to Monday night’s game against the Pirates, bringing the number of players on their active roster to 31.
Recalled from Double-A Springfield were left-handed pitchers Marco Gonzales, Nick Greenwood and Tyler Lyons and catcher Tony Cruz. Right-handed reliever Jason Motte (lower back strain) was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Lyons fanned a career high eight batters in 4.2 innings of relief in Game 1 of last Saturday’s double-header versus Chicago, the most by a Cardinals relief pitcher since 1978. Gonzales earned his first Major League win in the Cardinals 13-2 win over Chicago in Game 2 of the Saturday twin bill – allowing just one run and three hits in his 6.0 innings of work.
Greenwood has appeared in 16 games during this, his rookie season, and he has worked multiple innings in 11 of those games while also earning a pair of wins.
Cruz has appeared in 43 games for the Cardinals this season, having already started a career-high 33 games with 299.0 innings caught.
Motte, on the disabled list since August 2, worked a scoreless inning in relief during an injury rehabilitation assignment with Springfield (AA) on Sunday, August 31 at Tulsa. Motte is 0-0, 4.91 ERA in 24 games with the Cardinals this season.
The 26th player was second baseman Mark Ellis, activated off the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
The club also announced that pitcher Michael Wacha will come off his rehab stint after one game and start for St. Louis against Milwaukee on Thursday. The right-hander will be on a 60-pitch limit.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending August 31st. The 34-year-old paced the Majors with 13 RBI and led the Senior Circuit with four home runs, 24 total bases and a .889 slugging percentage. Holliday hit .370 (10-for-27) in seven contests last week and tied for fourth in hits among NL batters while his five runs scored were tied for sixth in the League.