A Busy St. Louis Cardinals Transaction Friday

From St. Louis to extended spring training, at least a dozen players are on the move Friday.

Fridays are often big days in terms of player movement in the St. Louis Cardinals system. So it was on May 29th, as at least a dozen players’ status changed on this day alone. All five active levels of play were affected, including St. Louis all the way down to extended spring training.

Here is a quick summary, with details following.

St. Louis
Jon Jay off the 15-day disabled list.

Memphis
IF Matt Williams to 7-day DL.
IF Alex Mejia from Springfield.
RHR Kurt Heyer to Springfield.

Springfield
LHS Kyle Hald to 7-day DL.
If Bruce Caldwell from Palm Beach.

Palm Beach
C Jose Gonzalez to 7-day DL.
IF Casey Turgeon from extended spring training.

Peoria
RHP Julio Mateo from EST.
RHP Ramon Santos from EST.
RHS Fernando Baez to 7-day DL.
RHR Nick Frey to EST.

Jay Back on Top

St. Louis activated outfielder Jon Jay from the 15-day disabled list. Jay had been sidelined since May 11 with left wrist tendinitis. In the related transaction, the Cardinals optioned right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Memphis following Wednesday night’s game.

Jay, 30, was batting .248 (25-for-101) with six RBI in 30 games for St. Louis. On an injury rehabilitation assignment this week, he appeared in three games with Class-A Peoria, going 0-for-10 with a walk and an RBI.

Heyer Lower

Right-handed reliever Kurt Heyer has been returned to Springfield from Memphis for the second time. The 24-year-old had a 3.38 Triple-A ERA in 18 2/3 innings over nine games. Heyer fanned nine and walked six. Socolovich took his spot with the Redbirds.

Williams Shelved

Utilityman Matt Williams, 25, joined the Memphis disabled list. In his initial Triple-A action of 68 at-bats over 33 games, the right-handed hitter has a line of .235/.354/.309/.662.

Mejia Up Again

For the second time this season, infielder Alex Mejia was promoted from Memphis to Springfield, this time replacing the injured Williams. The 24-year-old played in 33 Double-A games, going .270/.341/.383/.724 over 115 at-bats.

Caldwell Coming

Infielder Bruce Caldwell will be making his Double-A debut, having been promoted from Palm Beach. In his second year at A-Advanced, the 23-year-old posted a line of .248/.349/.338/.688. The left-handed hitter has 16 RBI in 44 games for the Beach Birds this season. Caldwell takes Mejia’s roster spot at Springfield.

Hald Headed to DL

The Springfield club placed left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Hald on the seven-day DL effective May 27th. The 26-year-old gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings over his most recent start. Overall, Hald has a 6.23 ERA in seven Double-A starts and a 5.73 mark in a pair of outings with Memphis. Heyer takes his Springfield roster spot.

Gonzalez Gone

Palm Beach placed catcher Jose Gonzalez on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to May 27. The 27-year-old, signed as a free agent during the off-season, plays sparingly, with just 36 at-bats over 10 games this season. He struggled to a .194/.275/.222/.497 line to date. Gonzalez was not immediately replaced on Palm Beach’s roster.

Turgeon Packing Again

The Cardinals have transferred infielder Casey Turgeon from extended spring training to Palm Beach, replacing Caldwell. In a six-game fill in stint with Peoria this month, the 22-year-old went 4-for-15 (.267), including two doubles and a triple.

Baez Injured

The Peoria Chiefs have placed right-hander starting pitcher Fernando Baez on the seven-day disabled list with what is being called a right elbow strain. After a good start to the season, the 22-year-old has been spanked for 19 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings over his most recent three starts. Overall, the hard thrower has a 6.69 ERA in 35 innings with 41 strikeouts but 26 walks.

Frey Finished

The Cardinals returned Peoria reliever Nick Frey to extended spring training. In a two-game Midwest League trial, the 23-year-old right-hander allowed four runs, three earned, in 5 2/3 innings. The former TCU hurler competed in the Gulf Coast League last season after being selected in the 33rd round of the 2013 Draft.

Mateo Moving Up

Right-handed pitcher Julio Mateo has been promoted from extended spring training to Peoria. The 19-year-old made a dozen starts last season between the GCL and Johnson City, posting a 5.19 ERA at the lower level and 3.62 in the Appalachian League. Mateo fanned 42 and walked 12 in 62 innings between the two clubs.

Santos Streaking

20-year-old Ramon Santos also moved from EST to Peoria. In the 2014 GCL, the right-hander made six starts and three relief appearances, logging a 4.50 ERA to go with 27 strikeouts and 16 walks. The Midwest League Chiefs need a Sunday starter at home against Kane County.

Saturday Update: Godoy to Palm Beach

To replace the disabled Gonzalez on Palm Beach’s roster, the organization shifted over catcher Jose Godoy from extended spring training. Last season at Johnson City, the 20-year-old Venezuelan posted a solid line of .331/.423/.390 in 118 at-bats over 36 Appalachian League games. Godoy also had four at-bats last season with Palm Beach in an earlier fill-in opportunity.

Saturday Update: Ringo Leaves the Band

The St. Louis Cardinals have released first baseman Justin Ringo from the roster of the Class-A Peoria Chiefs. The 28th rounder in 2013 was not showing improvement in his second season in the Midwest League. A .296 hitter in 2014, Ringo’s line this season was a disappointing .248/.363/.333/.696.

Saturday Update: Ehrich on the Move Again

Catcher Adam Ehrlich has been transferred from Extended Spring Training to Peoria’s roster, replacing Ringo. In this, his fifth year in the system, the 22-year-old spent the first six weeks on Springfield’s disabled list before being transferred to State College two weeks ago. Moved across three levels of play last season and two the year before, includes Ehrlich having played in seven games for Peoria in 2013.

Sunday Update: Flaherty Ready

As expected, the Cardinals pronounced right-hander Jack Flaherty ready to return to Class-A Peoria. He was activated on Sunday and started for the Midwest League club. Since being injured during his opening day start almost two months ago, the first-rounder from 2014 had been pitching in extended spring training in Florida to build up his arm strength. Exactly why that was required remains a question.

Sunday Update: Santos Rental Over

As noted above, right-hander Ramon Santos had been added to the Chiefs’ roster on Friday but was returned to EST on Sunday without pitching. The 20-year-aold was replaced by Flaherty on the Peoria active roster.

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