Cardinals Minor League News: Monday, 4/20

Player news from around the St. Louis Cardinals system includes another disabled list trip for Aledmys Diaz.

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of transactions, of which two are related.

O’Neill’s Taxi Parked

Memphis: Outfielder Mike O’Neill has been activated for the second time in two weeks, this time coming off the seven-day disabled list. The 27-year-old is taking the roster spot of infielder Dean Anna, promoted to St. Louis on Sunday.

Before his week off, the left-handed hitter singled and walked in six plate appearances.

Diaz News Concerning

Springfield: Shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. The Cuban missed a good share of the 2014 season due to shoulder soreness, but as of yet, the cause for his DL stint of 2015 is undetermined.

In 33 at-bats over nine games this season, the 24-year-old has a line of .242/.286/.364/.649. Diaz played seven games at short, during which he committed three errors and appeared as designated hitter in the other two contests.

Tuesday update: While the initial announcement was DL, the Springfield club is reporting that Diaz has instead been placed on the Temporarily Inactive List. Usually in these cases, some kind of personal or family issue is involved.

Opportunity Created for Valera

To take Diaz’ place on Springfield’s roster, infielder Cesar Valera has been promoted from Palm Beach’s disabled list to the active roster of the Double-A Cardinals.

The 23-year-old Venezuelan will be making his Texas League introduction. Valera made his Florida State League debut in 2013 but spent more time last season with Peoria of the Midwest League.

Bourjos’ Bouncing Baby

It apparently has not happened yet, but Peter Bourjos is temporarily leaving the St. Louis Cardinals to be with his wife, who is having a baby. The outfielder will be taking advantage of MLB’s up-to three-day paternity leave, reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold.

In his second season with St. Louis, the 28-year-old has just five plate appearances in seven games. The left-handed hitter has the odd line of no hits, one walk, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Hail Harris!

To replace Bourjos on St. Louis’ active roster, reliever Mitch Harris is being promoted from Triple-A Memphis. It will be his MLB debut.

Harris, 29, has pitched 3 2/3 innings over four games for the Redbirds. The right-hander yielded one run on three hits and two walks and struck out two.

Because Harris is not yet on the Cardinals’ 40-man roster, a player will need to be removed to accommodate him. The most likely transaction would be to place pitcher Jaime Garcia on the 60-day disabled list, which would free up a spot.

Memphis may or may not immediately replace Harris, given the imminent return of one player this week.

Tuesday Update: Brown Bumped by Harris

To make room for Harris on the 40-man roster, the move was to designate for assignment Gary Brown. The Cardinals have 10 days to release or trade the outfielder, or he could clear waivers and remain with Memphis. The other alternative is that he could be claimed by another organization off waivers.

The latter method is how the former top prospect of the San Francisco Giants joined the Cardinals system less than three weeks ago. Brown has struggled in his early action with Memphis, going 3-for-16, all singles, and one walk for a line of .188/.235/.188.

As Brown is required to be deactivated from the Redbirds’ active roster and the club was already down one player due to the promotion of Harris, Memphis is temporarily down to 23 players.

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