Cardinals Shuffle Minor League Pitching

St. Louis Cardinals’ Sunday transactions included two moves at Double-A Springfield with more ahead.

As noted on Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals have sent Memphis Redbirds left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales to St. Louis for medical evaluation of his sore shoulder.

While the 23-year-old has not yet been placed on the disabled list, the organization has already reassigned another hurler to the Triple-A club.

Wyatt Returns

Though he has not yet been activated at Memphis, the Cardinals promoted right-handed reliever Heath Wyatt from Double-A Springfield. The 26-year-old with the unorthodox delivery logged a solid 2.63 ERA over 24 innings in 15 Texas League outings. While Wyatt fanned 23, he also issued nine free passes.

The Cardinals’ 33rd round pick in the 2011 draft is already very familiar with Memphis, having spent all of 2014 there, posting a 4.34 ERA in 66 1/3 innings over 45 Pacific Coast League games.

Stout Stoppelman

To replace Wyatt at Springfield, the organization activated left-handed reliever Lee Stoppelman from the seven-day disabled list. The 25-year-old will be making his 2015 debut after suffering shoulder discomfort this spring.

Following standout 2012 and 2013 seasons, Stoppelman stumbled last summer, with a 5.00 ERA over 37 appearances at Springfield and 6.75 ERA in a 10-game tryout with Memphis. The former Central Missouri star joined the Cardinals organization in the 24th round of the 2012 draft.

Sunday update: Gonzales Move

On Sunday, the organization placed Gonzales on the seven-day disabled list of Triple-A Memphis. Wyatt was activated by the Redbirds with swingman Nick Greenwood making Gonzales' Sunday start. All three moves were expected.

Sunday Update: Jay’s Plan in Place

The Cardinals announced that outfielder Jon Jay will begin a rehab stint with the Peoria Chiefs of the Class-A Midwest starting on Tuesday.

Jay, who was placed on the disabled list May 14 with left wrist tendonitis, will likely stay 2-3 days with Peoria. The left-handed hitter missed three games with the Cardinals before landing on the 15-day DL with a bone bruise on his left thumb. Jay had surgery on the wrist after the NLCS last October.

In 30 games this season, the 30-year-old is batting .248 with two doubles, 11 runs scored and six RBI.

Sunday Update: Missing Booden

Back on May 11, the Cardinals released right-handed reliever Jacob Booden from the roster of State College. The 24-year-old was competing in extended spring training after reaching Class-A Peoria for five games last summer.

Standing 6-foot-7, the former non-drafted free agent from Bradley University originally signed in 2012. Booden finishes his Cardinals career with a 2.67 ERA in 108 innings over three seasons. He fanned 119, but also issued 51 free passes.

Updates Coming

As more news across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is made available on Monday, May 25, it will be added here, so please remember to check back.

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