Mejia for Rodriguez
On Saturday, The Cardinal Nation’s Springfield reporter Derek Shore reported the promotion of infielder Alex Mejia to Triple-A Memphis. At that point, the corresponding move was unknown. On Sunday, the return of corner infielder Jonathan Rodriguez to Springfield from Memphis was disclosed.
After two years in the Texas League, the 26-year-old became a minor league free agent last fall. Rodriguez received an offer to come back and decided to return to the Cardinals for 2016. The right-handed hitter made the Memphis club out of spring training after a non-roster invitation to big-league camp.
Other than a lower walk rate, Rodriguez’ Memphis results through 39 games were comparable to his career averages. His 2016 slash line is .259/.310/.459/.770 with seven home runs and 24 RBI. He has been especially hot recently, with 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats (.385) with four home runs and nine RBI over his last six games.
This could be a numbers and playing time challenge. The Redbirds have Patrick Wisdom at third and a number of options at first, including newcomer Jose Martinez. It may be no better at Springfield, which also has an every-day player in Paul DeJong at third and two first base-only players in Luke Voit and Chris Jacobs.
Wright is Right
On Sunday, Memphis activated left-handed reliever Justin Wright off the seven-day disabled list.
The 26-year-old went on the shelf on May 13. Wright had been struggling in his third year with the Redbirds, with a 7.07 ERA through 15 games and 14 innings. The left-hander fanned 15 but issued a whopping 10 free passes and served up three home run balls.
Other lefties in the Memphis pen are Corey LIttrell and Ryan Sherriff.
Wyatt Sidearms to Springfield Again
With the activation of Wright at Memphis, the Cardinals bumped sidearming reliever Heath Wyatt down to Springfield.
The 27-year-old right-hander spent all of 2014 at Triple-A, with this being the second time he has been returned to Double-A in the last two seasons. In 21 innings over 17 appearances in 2016, Wright has a 6.00 ERA to go with 19 strikeouts, 12 walks and three hit batters.
Update: Turgeon Out
On Saturday, the Palm Beach Cardinals placed utilityman Casey Turgeon on the seven-day disabled list. Playing a lot of outfield recently, the 23-year-old has settled in at the plate in his 22 games with the Beach Birds after opening the season at Peoria.
With Palm Beach, the left-handed hitter has a line of .271/.386/.412/.798 in 85 Florida State League at-bats.
Update: Acevedo Changes Clubhouses
With an opening at Palm Beach, the Cardinals moved outfielder Jhohan Acevedo over from extended spring training on Sunday.
Earlier, the 23 year-old filled in at Peoria from May 5-24, and struggled. In nine Midwest League games, the Venezuelan managed just four singles in 25 at-bats (.160) and a pair of walks. Acevedo made his 24-game Peoria debut last season before being sent down to State College. He previously filled in at Palm Beach for a total of eight games in 2014 and 2015.
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