There were a series of transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Thursday. They began at St. Louis and progressed from there down to Johnson City.
St. Louis activated right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn from the 15-day disabled list to start Thursday night’s series finale in Miami. His last outing came on June 7 at Los Angeles, when he suffered a right forearm strain. Lynn, 28, is 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 games started this season.
Lyons to Memphis
To make room for Lynn on the team’s 25-man active roster, left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons was optioned to Memphis. The 27-year-old made two starts in his second stint with the Cardinals this season while Lynn was on the disabled list. In his 10 innings, Lyons went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA.
Lee Returned to Springfield
To make room for Lyons at Memphis, Thomas Lee has been transferred to Double-A Springfield. In two starts, 12 innings with the Redbirds, Lee was respectable, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.00 ERA. The 25-year-old right-hander fanned eight and walked two in his initial Triple-A stint.
Springfield did not yet announce its corresponding roster move.
Reyes Futures Bound, Present Bumpy
On the same day right-handed pitcher Alex Reyes was selected as St. Louis’ only representative to the 2015 Futures Game, the 20-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list of the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals.
Reyes had been held of out Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game by the Cardinals. In his most recent outing, on June 17, Reyes fanned 13. Through 12 starts for Palm Beach, he has a 2.08 ERA to go with 90 strikeouts and 30 walks in 60 2/3 innings.
Friday update: Reyes was placed on the DL due to shoulder soreness and will miss two starts, GM John Mozeliak said on Friday. Reyes' Futures Game appearance could be jeopardy as a result. Later, another senior Cardinals official called the injury "bicep soreness".
Anderson on Sidelines
Right-handed pitcher Will Anderson has been struggling for Palm Beach as of late. On Thursday, the 22-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list. Since his April promotion from Peoria, Anderson has a 5.21 ERA in nine FSL starts. He struck out 28 and walked just five in 46 2/3 innings.
Palm Beach still has two moves coming to replace the rotation members Reyes and Anderson. Perhaps one pitcher will be coming down from Springfield to make room for Lee.
At least for one day, Peoria is back to a full 25-man roster as Adam Ehrlich was activated from the seven-day disabled list. The catcher was out since June 15 with a lower back injury. This season, the 22-year-old has more walks, five, than hits, four singles, in 26 plate appearances. Ehrlich’s slash line is .190/.346/.190/.537.
Escudero Exiting Again
Jonathan Escudero has been transferred from short-season Class-A State College to rookie-level Johnson City. It is his second move in the last four days. The 21-year-old was shifted from Palm Beach to the Spikes this Monday and allowed one run in three innings in his lone New York-Penn League outing. Escudero had joined Palm Beach from extended spring training on June 14.
Friday Update: Herget Hunkers Down
To clear room for Thomas Lee at Springfield, the Cardinals returned right-handed reliever Kevin Herget to Palm Beach. In his first four Double-A outings totaling eight innings, the 24-year-old was hammered for nine earned runs for a 10.13 ERA. Herget had been promoted to Double-A on June 14.
Friday Update: Denton Done - Almost
The Cardinals and second-round draft pick Bryce Denton have come to terms on a contract that will keep the third baseman, taken 66th overall, from honoring his commitment to attend Vanderbilt on a baseball scholarship.
The agreement is pending a physical examination, reports the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold.
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