Luke Voit Returns to Palm Beach

First baseman Luke Voit’s three-day detour to St. Louis Cardinals extended spring training is over.

On Friday, Luke Voit returned to the Palm Beach Cardinals from extended spring training, where he was assigned three days before. His replacement, Cole Lankford, was returned to EST.

Voit Rebooted

2015 has been a tale of two seasons for Voit, 24. In April, the right-handed hitter was red hot, with 11 RBI in 20 games and a slash line of .329/.425/466/.891. In May, while he again plated 11 (in 29 contests), for a team-leading (tied) total of 22, his line plummeted to .215/.317/.243/.560. In addition, last month, Voit struck out at a 30.8 percent rate.

Lankford Back to EST

A former Texas A&M standout, Lankford primarily played third base and outfield for the 2014 Johnson City Cardinals. The 22-year-old, a left-handed hitter, put together a .257/.309/.393/.702 line in the Appalachian League last summer. In his one game played with Palm Beach, Lankford went 0-for-3 including a strikeout.

Pham Active at Memphis

The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Tommy Pham off the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to the Memphis Redbirds. The outfielder suffered a grade 2 quadriceps strain (tear) during spring training.

At this point, Memphis has not announced who will leave the Triple-A 25-man roster to make room for Pham. He will be making his 2015 debut.

Adams Paperwork Move

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Pham’s activation, the St. Louis Cardinals moved Matt Adams from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. The first baseman is likely out for the next four months recovering from surgery to repair a torn quad.

Saturday Update: O’Neill Bumped by Pham

To make room for Pham on the Redbirds roster, outfielder Mike O’Neill was transferred to Double-A Springfield on Saturday. This will be the 27-year-old’s fourth season in the Texas League, having first arrived there in 2012.

With Memphis this season, the left-handed hitter posted a line of .257/.373/.271/.645 in 70 at-bats over 33 Triple-A games. O’Neill had just one extra base hit this season, a double, but drew 12 walks against just four strikeouts.

Saturday Update: Washington Bumped by O’Neill

To make room for O’Neill at Springfield, first baseman David Washington was re-assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals from the Double-A Cardinals on Saturday. The 24-year-old spent most all of 2014 with the Florida State Cards, where he now returns.

In his first 43 games in the Texas League, the 24-year-old logged a .253/.299/.383/.682 line over 154 at-bats. The left-handed hitter had five home runs and 15 RBI and struck out at a 33.8 percent rate.

At this point, the corresponding Palm Beach transaction has not yet been announced, but The Cardinal Nation should have that information on Monday after the club's Sunday off day.

EST Update: Neil Dropped

As extended spring training comes to its close and the draft is just around the corner, the Cardinals made five releases earlier this week. Four were originally free agent signees. All were likely deemed non-competitive for short-season rosters.

The first is catcher Charlie Neil. The 25-year-old was dropped from the roster of State College. Signed as a free agent in March 2014, the switch-hitter batted just .138 in 29 games at Johnson City last season, but threw out an impressive 41.2 percent of attempted base stealers. Neil had originally been drafted in the 37th round in 2012 by Detroit.

EST Update: Lee Released

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in June 2013, right-handed pitcher Brandon Lee was given his release. Last season, the 24-year-old fizzled in 15 games at Peoria, logging a 6.33 ERA. Backed down to State College, Lee performed much better with 26 strikeouts against two walks in 25 1/3 innings and an ERA of 2.49.

EST Update: Muscarello Cut

Infielder Christian Muscarello was released from the roster of Johnson City. Signed last July as a non-drafted free agent from Trinity University of Texas, the right-handed hitter batted just .176 in 13 Appalachian League games in 2014. Muscarello turns 23 in 10 days.

EST Update: Lacy Lopped

Originally drafted in the 24th round in the 2013 draft, outfielder Devante Lacy has been released. The 21-year-old competed at Johnson City in both of his seasons in the Cardinals organization, but batted just .190 and .186 in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

EST Update: Ripoll Released

Originally a catcher, now first baseman Sergio Ripoll has been released by the Cardinals, reports Baseball America. The 21-year-old Colombian originally signed in January 2012, playing that season and the following in the Dominican Summer League. After sitting out 2014 due to injury, the right-handed hitter was competing in extended spring training. In his two DSL seasons, Ripoll’s line was .201/.328/.258 in 229 at-bats over 75 games.

There will be more!

When other transactions across the Cardinals system are announced on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, they will be added to this article.

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