Peguero Hurt Again
With the St. Louis Cardinals sending second baseman Kolten Wong to Triple-A Memphis, the club had a roster spot open since placing outfielder Carlos Peguero back on the seven-day disabled list. The Peguero move was made on Saturday, June 4, retroactive to June 3.
The 29-year-old played in just three games since coming off the DL on May 31. Peguero went 2-for-6 (.333) with a walk and a strikeout. For the season, his first with the Cardinals, the left-handed hitter has a line of .301/.393/.479/.872 and 11 RBI in 25 games.
Mejia Out, too
On Monday, Memphis placed infielder Alex Mejia on the seven-day DL due to a broken wrist. Mejia opened the season with Memphis, but was reassigned to Double-A on April 13. There, he was on the DL from April 25 to May 2 before being returned to Memphis on May 28.
Between the two stops, the 25-year-old played in 44 games (including 17 at Triple-A), with a slash line of .252/.304/.354/.658. Defensively, Mejia can play second and third in addition to short.
Valera Moves Up
The organization promoted infielder/outfielder Breyvic Valera from Springfield to Memphis, replacing Mejia. It will be the 24-year-old’s Triple-A debut. In his seven-year career, Valera has played in all four infield and three outfield positions defensively.
In his third season at Double-A, the switch-hitter has posted a line of .259/.287/.300/.587 in 170 at-bats over 49 Texas League contests.
At this point, Springfield has not replaced Valera on its active roster.
Mercado Moves Aside
On the Monday, the Palm Beach Cardinals placed shortstop Oscar Mercado on the seven-day disabled list.
The 21-year-old has appeared in 52 games this season, with a line of .200/.290/.242/.532 in 190 at-bats. Mercado also has 16 stolen bases, but has been caught 13 times.
Martinez Steps Up
To replace Mercado on the Palm Beach roster, the Cardinals promoted shortstop Jose Martinez from extended spring training (Johnson City roster) to the Florida State League Cardinals.
The 21-year-old joined the Cardinals organization in December from Kansas City in exchange for catcher Tony Cruz.
Bard Becomes a Bird
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed free agent pitcher Daniel Bard, according to Baseball America. The 30-year-old right-hander was released by the Pirates on May 13 but has not participated in official action at any level of play since 2014 due to thoracic outlet surgery.
Bard pitched in the majors with the Boston Red Sox from 2009-2013, posting a 10-19 record with a 3.67 ERA before joining the Rangers, Cubs then Pirates organizations while trying to return to the bigs. It is expected that Bard will continue his comeback at the Cardinals complex in Florida before being assigned to a roster.
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