Cardinals Close Out Week with Flurry of Moves

The St. Louis Cardinals announced a flurry of transaction moves starting on Thursday that touched every level.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced a flurry of transaction moves starting on Thursday that reached from St. Louis down to extended spring training.

I am starting with the basic information and will fill in further details on each player on Friday morning. All team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are up to date.

Jay disabled

St. Louis placed outfielder Jon Jay on the 15-day disabled list with what is being called left wrist tendinitis. The move is retroactive to May 10.

Jay had surgery on his wrist in October, and the hope is that additional rest will alleviate the soreness. The 30-year-old is off to the slowest start of his career with a line of .248/.330/.267/.598 in 115 plate appearances over 30 games.

Scruggs is back

First baseman-left fielder Xavier Scruggs received the call from Triple-A Memphis to replace Jay on St. Louis’ active roster. Scruggs’ replacement has yet to be named.

Scruggs, 27, is batting .229 (22-for-96) with a team-leading six home runs, 18 RBI, and a .510 slugging percentage in 30 games for Memphis this season. He will serve as a reserve with St. Louis, perhaps only until Randal Grichuk finishes his Florida rehab.

Mayers on the shelf

Double-A Springfield placed right-handed starting pitcher Mike Mayers on the seven-day disabled list, effective May 13. A club official called the injury a "right arm strain."

The 23-year-old has just one win in seven Texas League starts in 2015, to go with a 5.97 ERA. Mayers struck out 29, but walked 14 and served up five home run balls in his 37 2/3 innings pitched this season to date.

With the return of Kyle Hald from Memphis earlier in the week, Springfield still has five starters, with Arturo Reyes, Nick Petree, Thomas Lee and Andrew Morales being the others. That does not count rehabbing Jaime Garcia, taking the Friday night start for the S-Cards.

Barraclough promoted

One of the hottest relievers in the system, right-hander Kyle Barraclough, has been promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield. He takes Mayers’ spot on the Double-A roster.

In his 11 Florida State League appearances, Barraclough went 4-for-4 in save opportunities. In 15 innings, the 24-year-old allowed just one earned run on nine hits for an 0.60 ERA. Barraclough struck out 23 against nine walks.

Hazelbaker recruited

Struggling for offense at Springfield, the Cardinals signed free agent outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker and immediately inserted the 27-year-old into the lineup. The Indiana native opened the 2015 season in the Texas League with Tulsa. Springfield had a roster opening, so no other move is needed.

Hazelbaker was the Red Sox’ fourth-round draft pick in 2009 and was a non-roster invitee to Major League spring training camp in 2013. After that season, which he spent at Triple-A Pawtucket, the left-handed hitter was traded to the Dodgers for former Cardinals minor league outfielder Alex Castellanos.

Hazelbaker was released by Los Angeles on May 1, 2015 with a career line of .256/.333/.416/.749 in seven minor league seasons. He has 221 stolen bases, including four consecutive seasons of 36 or more (2010-13). Even his more modest total of 21 bags last season would have ranked fourth in the entire Cardinals system.

Weaver ready to go

Palm Beach activated 2014 first-rounder Luke Weaver, who started for the A-Advanced Cardinals on Thursday night. The right-hander had opened his first full season in the organization on the seven-day disabled list and pitched his way into readiness in extended spring training camp. Weaver takes Barraclough’s spot in the Palm Beach roster.

Seferina sidelined

Peoria second baseman Darren Seferina was placed on the seven-day disabled list due to a thumb contusion. His replacement will join the Midwest League club at home on Friday.

The 21-year-old had appeared in 27 games, logging a line of .239/.314/.337/.651. Seferina has stolen eight bases, but was also caught six times. He was St. Louis’ fifth-round draft pick last June.

Ehrlich departs Texas League

On Springfield’s disabled list since the season opened, catcher Adam Ehrlich has been transferred to extended spring training and the roster of short-season State College.

Friday update: Turgeon traveling

To fill Seferina’s roster spot at Peoria, the Cardinals have promoted infielder Casey Turgeon from extended spring training camp.

At Johnson City last season, the 22-year-old led the Appalachian League in runs scored and walks and was second in on-base percentage (.428). Turgeon was the league’s all-star second baseman after joining the Cardinals in the 24th round from the University of Florida.

Updates Coming

As more news across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is made available on Friday, May 15, it will be added here, so please remember to check back.

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