Cardinals System News: Tuesday, July 21

Tuesday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – awards, activations, rehabs and reassignments.

Though Tuesday’s big news was the initial arrival of Stephen Piscotty with the St. Louis Cardinals, there is plenty more news across the system.

More Carp Heart and Hustle

On the same day struggling third baseman Matt Carpenter was dropped to seventh in the batting order, he received an honor. The third baseman was named St. Louis’ winner of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association Heart and Hustle Award for his efforts on and off the field. It was his third consecutive year receiving the honor. Carpenter will compete with the other 29 team winners for the MLB-level award.

Harris Temporarily with Memphis

In a move that initially surprised me, the Cardinals announced that injured relief pitcher Mitch Harris will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday night with Triple-A Memphis. After I thought about it some more, this approach makes sense compared to just optioning Harris out. By doing it this way, Harris does not apply against Memphis’ 25-man active roster.

The 29-year-old has been out 13 days of the 15-day minimum with a right groin strain.

Walden Draws Double-A

Another Cardinals reliever, Jordan Walden, will start his rehab assignment on Thursday with Double-A Springfield. The veteran right-handed setup man has been sidelined since April 30 with inflammation in his right biceps.

Jaime Ready to Head Out, too

Pitcher Jaime Garcia will make a rehab start with the Class-A Peoria Chiefs on Thursday. The left-hander hasn't pitched in game action since June 24 due to a left groin strain. Garcia is expected to throw 45-50 pitches as he works toward rejoining St. Louis’ rotation around the end of the month.

This Garcia Did His Part

Anthony Garcia has been activated off the temporarily inactive list of Double-A Springfield. The outfielder for fourth-place Team Puerto Rico was the best hitter in the Pan American Games, leading the field in home runs (five, next closest was three), RBI (17, next closest was nine) and slugging (.967, next closest was .727). Garcia’s batting average was “just” .393, sixth-best in the Games.

Gibson Gone

With the activation of Garcia by Springfield, outfielder Derek Gibson has been returned to A-Advanced Palm Beach. Since his initial promotion to Double-A on July 4, Gibson has scuffled, with a line of .176/.243/.206/.449. The 24-year-old has two RBI and three runs scored in 34 at-bats over 12 Texas League games.

Lucas Passes First Test

In the parallel path with Gibson, reliever Josh Lucas was also sent back down to Palm Beach. Since his first-time arrival in Springfield on July 11, Lucas had pitched well. In three Texas League outings totaling 5 2/3 innings, the 24-year-old allowed no runs on one hit and two walks. Lucas fanned five.

Schlesener Closer

The last signee from the Cardinals’ 2015 draft class to appear in game action, left-handed pitcher Jacob Schlesener, has moved one step closer with his activation by the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. The 18-year-old from Rogersville, MO was St. Louis’ 12th round draft pick this June.

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