St. Louis Cardinals top prospect left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales was activated from the disabled list Saturday to start for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Gonzales has missed the last two weeks due to due to tightness in his left pectoral muscle and will be trying to show he should take Adam Wainwright’s spot in St. Louis’ rotation.
Hald is Halted
To make room for Gonzales on Memphis’ active roster, starting pitcher Kyle Hald was returned to Double-A Springfield. The left-hander went 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA (seven earned runs in 11 innings) in a pair of starts for Memphis, both against New Orleans.
To accommodate the return of Hald, the Cardinals released Springfield left-handed pitcher Jonathan Cornelius. The 26-year-old first joined the organization via the 24th round of the 2011 draft.
This season, his second at Double-A, Cornelius had been moved into the bullpen. There, his ERA was 6.75 over 13 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked four. With 22 hits allowed, Cornelius’ batting average against was a robust .386.
Garcia to Memphis
As previously announced, St. Louis starting pitcher Jaime Garcia will begin a rehab assignment with Memphis Sunday afternoon. The 28-year-old is currently on the Cardinals’ 15-day disabled list recovering from left arm soreness and fatigue.
In Spring Training, Garcia made three starts for St. Louis, compiling a 1-1 record with a 3.86 ERA before being placed on the DL on March 30. The left-hander’s 2014 season was cut short due to left shoulder inflammation, which led him to have neurogenic thoracic outlet surgery on July 11, 2014.
Because he is on an MLB rehab stint, Garcia does not take up a roster spot with the Redbirds.
Unable to Ward off Tommy John
The past Thursday, Cardinals minor league pitcher Davis Ward underwent Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old was the organization’s final draft pick last June, taken in the 40th round.
In the 2014 Gulf Coast League, the right-hander allowed three earned runs in 16 innings (1.69 ERA), while fanning 10 and walking no one.
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