Nick Thompson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Two moves affecting the Springfield Cardinals occurred on Saturday as a pair of players left the Double-A squad.

Two moves affecting the Springfield Cardinals occurred on Saturday as a pair of players left the Double-A squad - and a Major League rehabber was injured.

Thompson calls it a career

St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect and current Springfield Cardinal Nick Thompson officially retired on Saturday night.

Thompson, 23, called it a career after only three seasons in the Cardinals organization. The former 2014 8th round selection has long sought a career in the medical field. Proclaimed as a clubhouse "nerd", Thompson attended University of William & Mary and compiled a career line of .249/.350/.381/.731 in 214 games (748 at-bats) across four levels of professional baseball, topping at Double-A this year.

In 2016, Thompson struggled and hit a minuscule .178 with a homer and seven RBI between High-A Palm Beach and Springfield. The right-handed hitter appeared in 32 games, 22 at the former before playing in 10 games with the latter culminating with his retirement.

Mejia shipped to Memphis for third go-around

In other transaction news, shortstop Alex Mejia was shipped to Triple-A Memphis from Springfield for already the third time this season, joining a crowded middle infield that includes Dean Anna and Matt Williams.

Mejia, 25, batted .224/.284/.306 in 27 games at the Double-A level. He had a home run and produced 10 RBI. In limited action at Triple-A, the former Arizona standout slashed .286/.333/.429 (8-for-28) with a double, triple, and an RBI in his first two stints with Memphis.

As of right now, Memphis is currently one above the 25-man limit while Springfield is down two roster spots, so expect continued roster shuffling in the next couple of days.

Peralta’s rehab delayed

St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta began the Springfield part of his rehab on Friday, but the next day it was put on hold after he cut his right thumb opening a box. Three stitches were required, potentially putting the right-handed hitter out of action for three to four days, reported the Post-Dispatch.

What is Next

Check out Derek Shore’s report from extended spring training and upcoming interviews with Rowan Wick of Palm Beach and Bruce Caldwell of Springfield as well as his every-Thursday beat reports on the Double-A Cardinals coming from Hammons Field – exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation.

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