Cardinals System News: Thursday, July 16

Thursday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – promotions, awards and a tough release.

Marco Moving

The Cardinals have promoted rehabbing pitcher Marco Gonzales from Palm Beach to Springfield. The left-hander will start for the Double-A Cardinals on Friday night at home against Northwest Arkansas, as reported by TCN's Derek Shore.

In two Florida State League appearances, the 23-year-old threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings on five hits and no walks. Gonzales struck out four. His target to be fully ready is the end of the month, at which time he could join St. Louis’ rotation or return to Memphis.

Swagerty Investment Craters

A journey that began for Jordan Swagerty in 2010 ended with his release by the St. Louis Cardinals from the roster of Double-A Springfield. Originally signed for $625,000 as a second-round draft pick from Arizona State, the now-26-year-old struggled with elbow problems almost from the start of his professional career.

In his final season with the Cardinals, Swagerty scuffled to a 12.37 ERA. In 16 relief innings, he struck out eight, walked 21 and gave up 24 hits.

Hazelbaker Honored

Earlier this week, Memphis outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the period of July 6-12. The 27-year-old went 12-for-28 (.429), with two home runs, six runs scored and a whopping 13 RBI.

Catchers Returned

Two days after they were promoted, catchers Jose Gonzalez and Stephen Zavala were returned to their prior teams. Gonzalez went from Springfield back to Palm Beach while Zavala left Palm Beach for the Gulf Coast League.

As noted in our Springfield Notebook, the two were apparently moved up in case an injury to Double-A catcher Michael Ohlman was serious. It was not. The two did not appear in game action with their temporary teams.

Wilson vs. The World

Through five contests in the Pan American Games, Team USA cleanup hitter Jacob Wilson has a hit in each one. The second baseman is batting .381 (8-for-21) including a double and home run plus three RBI and six runs scored for the 3-2 USA club.

Team USA will take on the host Canadian team Friday evening.

Garcia is Red Hot

The Cardinals have a second cleanup hitter in the Pan American Games, as Springfield outfielder Anthony Garcia is playing that role for Puerto Rico. Through five games, Garcia is 8-for-20 (.400) with an amazing total of 16 RBI.

Like USA, Puerto Rico is 3-2 so far in the Games.

Update: Bohannon Done

Due to the size of the Gulf Coast League rosters, 35 players, injured players are not always placed on the formal disabled list.

Take Silas Bohannan, for example. The reliever has been active but not pitched this season for the GCL Cardinals and will not the rest of the way, either. The right-hander has confirmed that he will be undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

The 22-year-old, signed last summer as a non-drafted free agent from the College of the Ozarks, pitched in just 12 1/3 innings for the 2014 GCL Cards, posting a 3.38 ERA to go with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

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