Cardinals System News: Thursday, July 2

Thursday brought more promotions in the St. Louis Cardinals system and several moves the other way.

Cooney Called

As expected, the St. Louis Cardinals promoted left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney from Triple-A Memphis to start the club’s series opener at Busch Stadium Thursday evening. He takes the turn of injured Jaime Garcia.

Cooney, 24, will be making his second Major League start. He made his big league debut in against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 30th, when he allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. Cooney was sent back to Memphis, with Tyler Lyons replacing him in St. Louis’ rotation.

Cooney, named a Pacific Coast League All-Star on Wednesday, has compiled a 6-4 mark with a 2.74 ERA (27 earned runs in 88 2/3 innings) in 14 starts for the Triple-A Redbirds this season. If Garcia is expected to be ready for his next turn in the rotation, Cooney’s stay in St. Louis could be just one day.

At this point, a replacement player for Memphis has not been named, but it could be an outfielder based on the next transaction…

Jay Down Again

St. Louis has placed outfielder Jon Jay on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to June 1st. The official diagnosis is left wrist stress reaction/bone bruise.

Jay, who is batting .223 with one home run and 10 RBI in 57 games, is going on the disabled list for the second time this season. His earlier stint, from May 14-28, was due to what was called left wrist tendinitis. In reality, it is all related to Jay not being fully recovered from off-season wrist surgery and trying to play through it.

More Wisdom

Springfield third baseman Patrick Wisdom has been named the Texas League Player of the Month for the month of June.

Wisdom, 23, helped power the Cardinals to a 16-10 record in June, registering a .309 batting average with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 25 games. He finished the month tied for the Texas League lead, and tied for second in all of Double-A, in home runs and RBI, leading Springfield in both categories.

O’Neill Out Again – Never Mind

Springfield announced on Thursday that they placed outfielder Mike O'Neill on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 25, 2015. In an odd move, the club then activated O’Neill immediately, according to MiLB.com.

Since re-joining Springfield for parts of a fourth straight season, the 27-year-old has a line of .362/.483/.426/.908 in 47 at-bats over 17 games.

Shaban Back to Double-A

Reliever Ronnie Shaban has been promoted again from Palm Beach to Springfield. The 25-year-old was with the Double-A club from April 13 to June 20. In his brief time back in the Florida State League, the right-hander allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings. Shaban gave up three hits, walked three and struck out none.

Poncedeleon Promoted

Midwest League All-Star Daniel Poncedeleon has been promoted to Palm Beach. The right-handed pitcher, The Cardinal Nation’s Pitcher of the Month for April, made 13 starts for Peoria, eight of which were quality, while logging a 2.47 ERA for the season. The 23-year-old struck out 62 and walked 22 in 76 2/3 Midwest League innings.

Diekroeger Also on the Move

The Cardinals have also promoted third baseman Danny Diekroeger from Peoria to Palm Beach. The left-handed batter logged a line of .293/.364/.405/.769 in 242 at-bats over 70 Midwest League contests this season. Diekroeger leads the Chiefs in doubles (16) RBI (37), hits (71), total bases (98) and games played (70) while ranking second in at-bats (242), runs scored (36), triples (4), on-base percentage (.364) and slugging percentage (.405).

Gronsky Steps Back

Corner infielder Jake Gronsky is trading places with Diekroeger, moving from Palm Beach down to Peoria. The 23-year-old joined the A-Advanced Cardinals from extended spring training on May 21 and hit .188 in 23 games with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. The right-handed hitter walked seven times with 21 strikeouts and stole one base.

Gronsky competed in the Gulf Coast League in 2014 after his contract was acquired from Joliet of the Frontier League last July 21.

Parra Pushed Back

In a transaction that occurred back on June 24th, the Cardinals sent right-handed pitcher Frederis Parra from Johnson City to the Gulf Coast League. The 20-year-old Dominican Republic native did not pitch in the Appalachian League. In two GCL outings since, including one start, Parra has been gored for 12 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings.

DeLorenzo Ready

When left-handed pitcher Jordan DeLorenzo was not ready to open the 2015 season, he was assigned to the disabled list of rookie-level Johnson City. Now that the 22-year-old is ready for activation, he was added to the roster of the next level down, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Last season, the Cardinals’ 12th-round selection in the 2014 draft struck out 20 and walked just five in 18 2/3 innings at Johnson City. However, DeLorenzo was very hittable, with a .353 opponent batting average and a 5.30 ERA.

Update: Reed Returns

Memphis needed a Friday starter and it appears that will be Jimmy Reed, up from Springfield. In five Double-A starts since his promotion from Palm Beach, the 24-year-old lefty has a 2.22 ERA to show for 20 strikeouts against nine walks in 28 1/3 innings.

If Jaime Garcia is able to return to St. Louis’ rotation as hoped, this promotion could be short-lived, with Cooney back to reclaim his spot among Memphis’ starting five. Another option would be to return Nick Greenwood to the bullpen instead

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