Cards System News and Notes: Sunday, July 5

Sunday news and commentary from across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Commentary: Jaime Garcia

The St. Louis Cardinals placed Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.

What was originally minimized as being a cramp is instead a left groin strain. With Garcia unable to throw any side sessions since his injury, the move is not a surprise. What is a bit surprising, however, is the timing - that it was not retroactive to the day after Garcia’s last appearance on June 24. Based on the July 4 effective date, the earliest Garcia can return is July 19, meaning this will be at least a four-plus week injury.

Commentary: Tim Cooney and Tyler Lyons

The Cardinals called up Tim Cooney from a weird paperwork move to Peoria. He and Tyler Lyons have been named to start Tuesday’s double-header against Chicago.

One implication of Cooney being called up now and Lyons on Tuesday is that the latter will not require another roster move. MLB clubs are allowed to have a 26th active player on double-header days only. So it seems Lyons will be the one returned to Memphis on Wednesday.

Perdomo in for Reyes

Peoria Chiefs right-hander Luis Perdomo has been added to the World Team roster for the All-Star Futures Game. He replaces Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes, out with a right shoulder injury.

Perdomo has a 3.12 ERA with 68 strikeouts to go with 25 walks in 69 1/3 innings. He was the organization’s Pitcher of the Month in May and a Midwest League All-Star.

The Futures Game will be held at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 12, and televised live on MLB Network.

Anthony Garcia Out for a Few Days

In another transaction in the Cardinals system on Sunday, Springfield outfielder Anthony Garcia was placed on the temporarily inactive list. Typically these stints are of several days duration to enable a player to handle personal matters.

In his first Double-A season, the 23-year-old has eight home runs and 30 RBI to go with a credible line of .260/.403/.464/.867 in 181 at-bats over 61 games. Garcia has more walks, 34, than strikeouts, 30.

NL All-Star Starters

Two St. Louis Cardinals will be among the starting eight for the National League in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, shortstop Jhonny Peralta and outfielder Matt Holliday. The latter is currently on the disabled list, but expects to return prior to the July 14 game in Cincinnati.

This is Holliday’s seventh all-star selection, fourth with St. Louis, and Peralta’s third overall, first as a Cardinal.

All-star reserves are scheduled to be announced on Monday with contenders including three other Cardinals who finished second at their respective positions in the fan voting: second baseman Kolten Wong, third baseman Matt Carpenter and catcher Yadier Molina.

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