Harley Holt (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Another Monday brought another set of player movements across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Another Monday brought another set of player movements across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system.

Washington Returned to Sender- Or did he?

David Washington launched his first Triple-A home run and plated two on Sunday from the cleanup position of the Memphis Redbirds’ lineup. His reward the next day was a demotion, according to MiLB.com.  


Among the Monday transactions reported by the official website for both the Pacific Coast League and the Texas League is the return of the outfielder to Double-A Springfield after just four days with Triple-A Memphis.

At this point, it is a lone entry, with no mention of either of the corresponding moves at Springfield required to make room for Washington on that roster and at Memphis to replace him.

Since Washington is back in the cleanup spot and playing for the Triple-A Redbirds on Monday night, either this transaction is a mistake or it was posted early. We should learn which is the case soon enough.


Garcia Grounded

On Monday, the Palm Beach Cardinals placed right-handed relief pitcher Silfredo Garcia on the seven-day disabled list.


This isn’t his first physical troubles this season. The 24-year-old was originally a non-roster invitee to big-league spring training camp, but upon reporting, a problem that precluded him from pitching was discovered. So he was reassigned to minor league camp.

Back at Palm Beach in 2016 for a third straight season, the starter-turned-reliever last year, was back in the bullpen. Over 11 appearances totaling 14 1/3 innings, the ground ball machine has a 3.07 ERA to go with 12 strikeouts and four walks.

Garcia last pitched in Sunday’s 13-inning marathon, but left after facing just one batter, who singled, and a passed ball to the next batter, charged to catcher Steve Bean. That runner and another scored on a triple against Kyle Grana.  

Garcia makes the eighth player on the Palm Beach disabled list and the fourth pitcher, joining Will Anderson, Luke Weaver and Josh Wirsu.


Hawkins in Return Flight

To replace Garcia in the Palm Beach bullpen, reliever Chandler Hawkins was promoted from Class-A Peoria. The left-hander, taken in the 33rd round last June, pitched out of the Johnson City bullpen last summer.


The Memphis native, 23 years of age, posted a 1.99 ERA in 31 2/3 innings over 19 Appalachian League appearances, including one season-ending game with Palm Beach. Hawkins fanned 35 and walked 11.

Hawkins opened 2016 in the Peoria bullpen, where he logged a 2.38 ERA, 14 strikeouts and just three walks in 11 1/3 innings over eight games.


Holt for Hawkins

The Cardinals promoted right-handed reliever Harley Holt from extended spring training to replace Hawkins on the Peoria roster. The 24-year-old, a non-drafted free agent signee by the Cardinals last June from Hawaii Pacific University, spent most of last summer with Hawkins as a long man out of the Johnson City bullpen and a teammate of Hawkins..


Of his 17 2015 appearances, all in relief - including three at Palm Beach - Holt went two or more innings 15 times. His ERA was 3.97 and he had a strong strikeout to walk ratio of 32 to 5 in 39 2/3 frames.

Holt most recently pitched in extended spring training camp on Thursday, when the title photo was taken. His results and velocities were noted here.

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