Cardinals Minor League News: Thursday, 4/23

Player news from around the St. Louis Cardinals system includes a promotion for Alex Mejia.

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced a series of transactions, touching four levels of play.

Brookshire Bumped

The Cardinals have reassigned left-handed pitcher Chase Brookshire to extended spring training camp, officially on the roster of short-season State College. In his A-Advanced debut with Palm Beach this season, the 24-year-old allowed five earned runs in 7 1/3 innings over four games for a 6.14 ERA. Brookshire struck out nine and walked three.

Brookshire spent the entire 2014 season with Palm Beach, making 18 starts and 11 appearances out of the bullpen. His ERA was 3.96.

Alexander Makes a Jump

Following the path recently blazed by new teammate Cody Schumacher, right-handed pitcher Kevin Alexander has joined A-Advanced Palm Beach from extended spring training (State College roster).

The 23-year-old spent almost all of his rookie 2014 season with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, after signing as a free agent. Alexander had a 1.85 ERA in 20 GCL appearances, fanning 20 and walking just two in 24 1/3 innings.

Gonzales Update

In a follow on to the news we reported first on Wednesday, Memphis Redbirds left-hander Marco Gonzales’ diagnosis has been explained as both a sore pectoral muscle and a more generic shoulder tightness. The 23-year-old threw 91 pitches in his most recent start on Monday.

One thing that remains consistent is the organization’s downplaying of the situation. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called Gonzales’ move to the seven-day disabled list "overly cautious,” according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Mejia Moving

With Memphis down to 23 players, infielder Alex Mejia has been promoted from Double-A Springfield to add some much needed depth to the Redbirds’ roster. The 24-year-old was hitting .333 (9-for-27) in Springfield over nine games, with a .419 OBP.

Originally a shortstop when taken in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft from the University of Arizona, Mejia has appeared at shortstop, second base, and third base for the Texas League Cardinals this season.

Update: Starlin Sighting

Taking Mejia’s roster spot on the Double-A Cards is outfielder Starlin Rodriguez, who will be making his 2015 debut after coming off the seven-day disabled list.

Rodriguez was moved from second base to the outfield two years ago. Last season, the 24-year-old Dominican Republic native was returned to Palm Beach, where he became a Florida State League All-Star. With brought back up to Springfield last season, Rodriguez batted an even 26-for-100, .260.

Update: Diaz’ Business Complete

When Springfield placed Aledmys Diaz on the temporarily inactive list last week, the reason was to allow the Cuban native to handle paperwork necessary to establish permanent residency in the US. The shortstop returned to the Cardinals lineup Thursday night.

In 33 at-bats over nine games this season, the 24-year-old had 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.

Update: Valera Vamoosed

To clear room for Diaz’ activation, the Double-A Cardinals shipped infielder Cesar Valera to extended spring training camp (State College roster).

Valera had been promoted from Palm Beach’s disabled list to Springfield when Diaz was deactivated on April 20th. The 23-year-old Venezuelan did not appear at the plate during his brief Double-A introduction.

More Updates Coming

As more news across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is made available on Thursday, it will be added here, so please remember to check back.

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