Cardinals System News: Tuesday, June 30

Across the Cardinals system, Tuesday brought injury news, a Team USA addition, a retiree and more.

Belisle Benched

The Cardinals placed reliever Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The right-hander has elbow inflammation that some suggest is more in the forearm area. The problem surfaced last Thursday, so the move is retroactive to Friday. Belisle can return on July 12, just before the All-Star break.

On the season, his first with St. Louis, the 35-year-old has a 3.00 ERA in 30 innings over games. Belisle has 24 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Hatley Finally Makes It

To replace Belisle on the 25-man roster, the Cardinals added reliever Marcus Hatley from Triple-A Memphis. The formal term is that his contract was purchased, which meant the 27-year-old was added to the 40-man roster first.

Signed as a minor league free agent over the winter after eight seasons in the minors with the Cubs, Hatley has posted a 1.69 ERA in 37 1/3 innings over 27 games for Triple-A Memphis. He has 27 strikeouts against 15 walks.

When he makes his St. Louis debut, it will also be Hatley’s first major league game. It is worth noting that Hatley was promoted ahead of Mitch Harris and Sam Tuivailala, both of whom have been up with St. Louis this season.

Paperwork Move for Walden

Because St. Louis’ 40-man roster was already full, the Cardinals had to make a move to accommodate the addition of Hatley. That transaction was to move reliever Jordan Walden from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Walden has been out since May 3rd with a strained shoulder muscle, or right biceps. He could return before Belisle.

Wilson to Serve Country (Playing Baseball)

USA Baseball has announced that St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jacob Wilson will be a member of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men's Baseball Team. The team will compete in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario from July 10-19. The U.S. roster, under manager Jim Tracy, includes 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball 40-man rosters.

Wilson, 24, was promoted to Memphis from Springfield in mid-May and leads the entire Cardinals system in both home runs (15) and RBI (47) this season while posting an aggregate OPS of .794. He is ranked 13th in The Cardinal Nation’s June top 40 prospect rankings.

McElroy Healed Up

On Tuesday, the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals activated outfielder C.J. McElroy from the seven-day disabled list, where he was placed on June 21. McElroy had been in the leadoff spot in 60 out of 61 games, hit¬ting .260. He is tied for fourth in the Florida State League and third in the Cardinals system with 21 stolen bases.

Radack Ready to Roll

Palm Beach got a second outfielder back on Tuesday as Collin Radack came off the DL as well. Radack has been out since June 3rd with a strained hamstring after playing in just 10 games following his promotion from Peoria. With Palm Beach, the 23-year-old has 10 singles in 35-at-bats for a .286 average.

Ustariz Goes Home

First baseman Jesus Ustariz has decided to retire from baseball. The 22-year-old Venezuelan was in his second season with rookie-level Johnson City after having been selected by the Cardinals from Detroit in the minor league phase of the 2013 Rule 5 Draft.

Ustariz had appeared in just one game for Johnson City this season, going out in style with a 2-for-4 performance last Wednesday that included a double, a walk and two RBI. In 2014, the right-handed hitter slashed .242/.302/.345/.646 in 165 at-bats over 49 Appalachian League games.

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