Cardinals System Weekend News: August 30-31

Weekend news and notes across the St. Louis Cardinals system – injuries, promotions and more!

First place Palm Beach lost two pitchers to injury on Saturday and Memphis’ Saturday starter also hit the disabled list after leaving his outing early.

Petree Parked

The challenging 2015 season for Nick Petree has led the right-hander to Palm Beach’s seven-day disabled list. The move was retroactive to Friday, August 28. Having been returned to the Florida State League after 10 starts in the Texas League earlier, Petree logged a 3.48 ERA for Palm Beach with 40 strikeouts and 18 walks in 67 1/3 innings.

Butler Even Further Away

Speaking of challenging, right-hander Keith Butler pitched in 18 games for St. Louis in 2013 and 2014, but 2015 brought a reassignment all the way down to A-Advanced Palm Beach. Now, the 25-year-old has been placed on the Beach Birds’ seven-day disabled list, also retroactive to Friday, August 28. In 12 innings at Palm Beach, Butler served up three home run balls and four runs total. He fanned 13 and issued just one free pass.

Holt Steps In

To help backfill the two pitching openings at first-place Palm Beach, the Cardinals moved up reliever Harley Holt from Johnson City. The 23-year-old, signed as a non-drafted free agent in June, had a 3.97 ERA in the Appalachian League. Though hitters batted a collective .331 against him, including four long balls, Holt struck out 29 against just four walks in 34 innings.

Gast Hurt

Left-hander John Gast had to leave Saturday’s start for the Memphis Redbirds at Reno after three innings. On Sunday, the 26-year-old was placed on the seven-day disabled list. In 24 starts for the Triple-A club, Gast has a 5.03 ERA. He struck out 90, walked 43 and allowed 12 home runs in 121 2/3 innings.

Triple-A Door Opens Again for Hald

To replace Gast at Memphis, the Cardinals promoted left-hander Kyle Hald. The 26-year-old made two starts for the Redbirds in May before being returned to Double-A Springfield. Between the two stops, Hald’s 2015 ERA is 5.18. He logged 77 strikeouts and 34 walks in 113 innings.

Springfield did not immediately receive a player to take Hald’s roster spot.

More News on the Way

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

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