Cardinals System News: Thursday, July 30

Thursday’s news across the St. Louis Cardinals system – reassignments, promotions and injuries.

Mayers Shelved Again

The Springfield Cardinals placed right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers on the seven-day disabled list. The 23-year-old had made just three starts since coming off the DL earlier this month due to a forearm strain and had to leave his most recent outing after recording just two outs with what is reportedly an elbow issue.

Meyers’ season ERA is 6.46 in 10 starts for Springfield. Since his last return from the DL, his ERA is 9.00 (12 runs, nine earned) in nine innings.

The Double-A Cards had been one player over their 25-man roster prior to this move due to the earlier arrival of Joey Donofrio from Memphis.

Williams Covering for Garcia

To take the place of Greg Garcia (who was promoted to St. Louis) on the Memphis roster, utility infielder Matt Williams was promoted. In his most recent stint of 11 games back with Double-A Springfield since July 18, Williams batted .244 (10-for-41) with three home runs and seven RBI.

Williams’ Springfield replacement has not yet been named.

Leitao Bumped Down

Right-handed relief pitcher Brennan Leitao has been transferred from State College to rookie-level Johnson City. In his first 10 innings over eight outings, the 26th-rounder from the 2015 draft has a 3.60 ERA, but New York-Penn League opponents batted .386 against the 22-year-old. Leitao had eight strikeouts and seven walks to go with 17 hits allowed.

Brito Returns to JC Again

The Cardinals returned pitcher Ismael Brito to the Johnson City roster from the Gulf Coast League on Wednesday. The 22-year-old lefty spent most of the 2013 season and all of 2014 in the Appalachian League before being assigned one level down in the GCL to open 2015.

In the GCL this season, Brito allowed eight runs, four earned, in 20 1/3 innings for a 1.77 ERA. He fanned 19, but issued 10 free passes.

Salazar Slammed

Paul Salazar is scheduled for surgery next Thursday to remove bone spurs in his right elbow, reports The Cardinal Nation’s GCL reporter Paul Ivice. The Cardinals’ 11th-rounder this June, an 18-year-old right-hander from Texas, pitched just 1 2/3 innings over two games. Salazar yielded five runs on one hit and five walks. He fanned just one.

Hicks on Hiatus

The professional debut of Cardinals’ supplemental rounder Jordan Hicks will have to wait until 2016. The 18-year-old will not pitch until spring, reports Ivice. The former Houston prep star has some shoulder inflammation and is working on building up his strength.

Where is Dobzanski?

Expected to lead the Johnson City staff, Bryan Dobzanski has instead been out of action since July 7. An organization official would not comment on the nature of the absence other than to offer optimism that the 19-year-old will return to Appalachian League play in August.

In his three starts with Johnson City, Dobzanski logged a 4.20 ERA, having yielded nine runs, seven earned, in 15 innings. The right-hander struck out 11 and walked just two.

With 35-man rosters, short-season clubs often do not use the formal disabled list for injured players.

Friday update: Butler Bounced

Right-handed reliever Keith Butler was transferred from Triple-A Memphis to Advanced-A Palm Beach. The 26-year-old pitcher has appeared in 29 games for the Redbirds in 2015, compiling a 2-3 record with a 6.12 ERA (22 earned run in 32 1/3 innings). Butler underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2014 and returned to the Redbirds April 24, less than a year later.

Friday update: Katz Ready

Palm Beach assigned utilityman Mason Katz to the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on a rehab assignment. The 24-year-old has been out since May 31st, having missed exactly two months.

Katz has played six differ¬ent positions, (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, RF, DH) including making his professional catching debut. The left-handed hitter’s line is .256/.348/.361/.709. He has 21 RBI in 48 games played.

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