Martinez Wins All-Star Final Vote
Right-hander Carlos Martinez has won the fan vote to become the final National League player on the 2015 All-Star Game Roster. He competed against Johnny Cueto, Clayton Kershaw, Troy Tulowitzki and Jeurys Familia. Other Cardinals on the NL roster are starters Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta, reserve Yadier Molina and pitchers Michael Wacha and Trevor Rosenthal.
Because Holliday is not going to be activated this weekend due to slower than expected recovery from his quad injury, the outfielder will not be appearing in the Mid-Summer Classic.
Marco Back into Action
As expected, the Cardinals transferred pitcher Marco Gonzales from the disabled list of Triple-A Memphis to A-Advanced Palm Beach. The left-hander started for the Florida State League club on Friday night in his first rehab game. It may take the rest of the month to get Gonzales built up to 100 pitches – if his impinged shoulder cooperates. The 23-year-old last pitched in game action for the Redbirds on May 19.
Lee Returns to Memphis
Right-handed pitcher Thomas Lee was promoted to Memphis Friday from Double-A Springfield to make the start for the Redbirds. In two earlier starts with Memphis this season, the 25-year-old is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA (four earned runs in 12 innings). At Springfield, Lee has a 4.41 ERA in 13 starts with 47 strikeouts and 17 walks in 79 2/3 innings.
Reed Down to Springfield
To make room for Lee on the Redbirds’ 25-man roster, pitcher Jimmy Reed was returned to Springfield. The 24-year-old left-hander made two starts in his first Triple-A stint. It did not go well, as Reed yielded six runs on 13 hits and two walks in 8 1/3 total innings for a 6.43 ERA and two losses.
Diaz Clears Waivers
Another player has returned to Springfield’s active roster in shortstop Aledmys Diaz. The Cuban shortstop had been designated for assignment earlier this week, but went unclaimed by the 29 other organizations. He returns to the Double-A club, but is no longer on St. Louis’ 40-man roster. His spot there was taken by Dan Johnson.
Martin Back in Action
In short-season ball, clubs have such large rosters that injuries of relatively short duration do not always result in formal trips to the disabled list. Such it was at State College with Danny Martin. The infielder returned to the Spikes’ lineup Friday after missing seven games with a groin injury. That news came from the Centre Daily Times.
Foody Grounded Again
One player that has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, likely ending his comeback season with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, is pitcher Max Foody. The 22-year-old had missed the prior two years and had returned from self-imposed retirement this spring. In this promising stint, Foody allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings over four games. He struck out 11 and walked none.
Becker Joins Cards Mo State Pipeline
The Cardinals have signed their seventh non-drafted free agent this summer. Third baseman Dylan Becker has been assigned to the GCL Cardinals. The 22-year-old played his collegiate ball at Missouri State, where he was teammates with 40th-rounder Joey Hawkins and Tate Matheny. After starting all 57 games at third base in 2014, Becker moved to second base this spring. The Leawood, Kansas, product batted .309 and logged a .455 on-base percentage during his senior season in 2015.
Update: Rowland Rolling
Though not yet announced by the Cardinals, reliever Robby Rowland is on the move from Peoria to Palm Beach. The 23-year-old, signed as a free agent in March, was a first-half Midwest League All-Star. On the season, the right-hander has a 2.40 ERA and nine saves in 10 opportunities with 45 strikeouts against just six walks in 41 1/3 innings with Peoria. Rowland knows what is ahead of him as he has already pitched in the Florida State League with Bradenton in the Pirates organization in both 2013 and 2014.
Expect more moves coming on Saturday.
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