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Analyzing the player transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals system over the April 23-24 weekend

Analyzing the player transactions across the St. Louis Cardinals system over the April 23-24 weekend.

The Last Place Gallardo Wants to Be

The news is not good for Steven Gallardo, as the Peoria Chiefs’ right-handed reliever has been placed on the seven-day disabled list, effective Friday, April 22.

On Thursday night, in just his seventh career professional appearance and fifth this season, the 2012 19th-round draftee tossed three scoreless innings. Gallardo held Wisconsin scoreless on two hits, no walks and four strikeouts to pick up his first save of the season. In the process, he lowered his season ERA to 1.04 with 11 strikeouts against just one free pass in 8 2/3 innings.

Gallardo had missed all of the 2013-2015 seasons with shoulder and Tommy John elbow surgeries after a brief introduction with Johnson City in 2012.

Frey on Move Again

Reliever Nick Frey, who began the season in extended spring training, has been transferred from Palm Beach to Peoria, where he takes Gallardo’s roster spot. The 24-year-old had been placed on the Florida State League Cards’ roster on Wednesday to help shore up a tired bullpen.

On Thursday, Frey threw three innings of relief against Bradenton, yielding two runs on four hits. It was the right-hander’s first career appearance at the A-Advanced level. 19 of Frey’s 22 outings last season were with Peoria, with whom he logged the same 6.00 ERA he has with his lone Palm Beach appearance here in 2016.

Palm Beach has not yet announced its corresponding move. Reliever Cody Schumacher could be returning, as he was moved to State College to make room for Frey after throwing 3 2/3 innings Tuesday night.

Update: It is Schumacher

As I suspected, the Cardinals returned reliever Cody Schumacher to the Palm Beach roster on Saturday after a four-day R&R trip to extended spring training. This enabled Palm Beach to have a fresh relief pitcher after Schumacher’s long outing Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old’s 2016 ERA at Palm Beach is 4.22 in 10 2/3 innings. Schumacher has struck out eight and walked two in Florida State League action.

Check back here at The Cardinal Nation for more player transaction news and analysis this weekend.

Update: Rosario Ready

Before Sunday’s game, Memphis activated catcher Alberto Rosario from the seven-day disabled list. The 29-year-old started behind the plate and went 0-for-4. In his second year in the Cardinals system, Rosario had been out since April 10 with an unknown injury. 

Update: Cruz Bumped

As one would expect, the player brought up to Memphis to cover when Rosario was injured has been returned to Springfield. That is catcher Luis Cruz. In his two Triple-A contests over two weeks, the 22-year-old went 1-for-7 (.143).

The further catching roster dominoes have not yet been announced and may not fully come to light until Palm Beach returns on Tuesday from its day off. However, possible moves down could include Jesse Jenner from Springfield and Chris Rivera from Palm Beach.

Update: Lopez’ Fill In Done

Backdated to April 19, catcher Joshua Lopez was returned from Palm Beach to extended spring training camp, assigned to the Johnson City roster. The 20-year-old joined the high-A Cardinals on the 17th, added when Steve Bean was placed on the seven-day disabled list.

In his brief time with the Florida State League Cardinals, Lopez made a difference offensively. The right-handed hitter had a single and a walk in six plate appearances and contributed three runs batted in.

For roster and player information

The team rosters here at The Cardinal Nation are as up-to-date for St. Louis and all four full-season clubs. All EST players remain on one of the short-season clubs based on where they ended 2015. To access these team rosters, click on the words “PROSPECTS” > “MiLB Rosters/Player Pages” underneath The Cardinal Nation site logo.

To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position on one page along with every player transaction for every club all year long, check out the newly-refreshed Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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