Cardinals System News: Thursday, August 13

Thursday’s news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – moves, activations and more.

Ohlman OK

As expected, Springfield catcher Michael Ohlman was activated off the disabled list after serving the minimum seven days off with a bruised knee. The 2015 Texas League All-Star leads the S-Cards with 58 RBI in 80 games. The 24-year-old is three home runs off a share of the team lead with 11. Ohlman is second on the club with a .299 batting average, third in slugging at .466 and second in OPS at .844.

Cruz' Fill-in Job Done

Due to Ohlman’s Springfield activation, catcher Luis Cruz was returned to Peoria. This reversed a move made seven days earlier. The right-handed hitter went 0-for-2 in his initial Double-A stint. With Peoria this season, Cruz’ line is .225/.284/.288/.572.

Massi Moving More

With the return of Cruz to Peoria, infielder Michael Massi was bumped down again, this time to State College. After spending most of the season with Palm Beach, the 23-year-old joined the Chiefs on August 6. In his two Peoria at-bats, Massi singled and struck out, raising his season average to .190.

De La Cruz Rewarded

Reliever Steven De La Cruz has been promoted from Johnson City to State College. The 22-year-old right-hander was leading Johnson City in saves with six in seven opportunities. His Appalachian League ERA was 3.94 in 16 innings in 14 appearances. De La Cruz struck out 25 against nine walks.

McCarvel Moving Back

Ryan McCarvel’s stint to help out the Gulf Coast League Cardinals behind the plate ended on Tuesday, when the 19th-rounder from this June’s draft was returned to Johnson City. In five GCL contests, the 20-year-old catcher had three singles in 12 at-bats. McCarvel scored four runs and drove in two. He drew one walk and fanned twice.

Hatley Hampered

After just two appearances for Memphis following his removal from St. Louis’ 40-man roster on July 31, right-handed reliever Marcus Hatley was placed on the Redbirds’ disabled list. The transaction was retroactive to August 7. The 27-year-old was hit hard for seven runs, six earned, in his last two outings, totaling 2 2/3 innings. That raised Hatley’s Triple-A ERA on the season to 3.14.

As a result, the Redbirds are playing with a 24-man active roster.

More News on the Way

As additional news across the Cardinals system comes to light on Thursday, it will be added here.

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