On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of transactions, including two related pairs of moves.
The Cardinal Nation’s top prospect, left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales, has been placed on the seven-day disabled list of Triple-A Memphis. The move is a precautionary one, according to a team official, who said Gonzales has soreness in his left pectoral muscle.
After a spectacular spring with St. Louis, during which he logged a 1.04 ERA, Gonzales was less sharp in his three appearances with Memphis in the regular season, during which he logged a 4.50 ERA. The 23-year-old last pitched on Monday night at Round Rock, throwing 91 pitches over six innings. He allowed two runs in that outing.
At this point, no replacement in the Redbirds rotation has been announced. One candidate may be Boone Whiting, already on the Memphis roster. The organization could also promote a starter from Double-A Springfield when Gonzales’ turn comes up again.
To replace Gonzales on the Redbirds’ active roster, right-handed reliever Keith Butler has been activated from the disabled list. The 26-year-old has been in Cardinals extended spring training camp recovering from Tommy John surgery done in late May, 2014.
The Peoria Chiefs have placed Nick Thompson on the seven-day disabled list. The outfielder has suffered an oblique injury.
In his Midwest League debut totaling 12 games to date, the 22-year-old has six RBI to go with a line of .282/.429/.333/.762. Thompson has seven walks to go with 11 strikeouts.
To replace Thompson on Peoria’s active roster, infielder Richy Pedroza has been activated from the disabled list. The 23-year-old has yet to play in the 2015 regular season.
Last season, Pedroza appeared in 85 games for the Chiefs, posting a slash line of .239/.318/.349/.668.
Update: Brown Becomes an Angel
Outfielder Gary Brown’s three weeks as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization came to its end on Wednesday when the former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels.
For more details on Brown’s brief time with Triple-A Memphis, click here.
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