Pena and Maness Almost Ready
The St. Louis Cardinals announced injury rehabilitation assignments for catcher Brayan Pena and right-handed pitcher Seth Maness at their Double-A Springfield affiliate that begin on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Peña, 34, began the season on the seven-day disabled list after suffering a left knee injury during Spring Training.
Maness, 27, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on May 13. Maness pitched 12 2/3 innings over 13 relief appearances with an 0-1 record and a 6.39 ERA before landing on the disabled list.
Katz Steps Up
Second baseman Mason Katz has been assigned to the Springfield Cardinals from the Palm Beach Cardinals. Katz had been out all season with a recurring groin problem until being activated last Thursday. He had also spent all of 2015 with Palm Beach before his season ended early due to injury.
In his three games with the Beach Birds this season, the 25-year-old is still looking for his first hit in 13 plate appearances, but has two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Katz takes the Springfield roster spot of utilityman Breyvic Valera, moved up to Memphis on Monday.
Dylan Tice has been assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals from extended spring training (GCL Cardinals roster). The infielder take’s Katz’ spot on the Beach Birds’ active roster.
The 23-year-old was also with Palm Beach from April 11-14 as a brief injury fill in. In his three prior days with Palm Beach, Tice collected two singles in seven at-bats and drove in a run, but also fanned three times.
Anthony Garcia Away
The Springfield Cardinals will be without Anthony Garcia for a period of time as the outfielder was placed on the temporarily inactive list on Tuesday due to what a club official called a "personal issue".
Since rejoining Springfield from Memphis on May 27, Garcia has performed well, with eight hits in 26 at-bats including two doubles, a home run and five RBI. The 24-year-old also drew three walks for an S-Cards line of .308/.400/.500/.900.
Drake Flies North
Outfielder Blake Drake has been assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach, taking Anthony Garcia’s spot on the Double-A club’s roster.
Drake who will be making his Texas League debut, has compiled a line of .241/.294/.347/.641 in 199 at-bats over 55 Florida State League games. The 22-year-old has scored 19 runs, driven in 23 and is 7-of-8 in stolen base attempts this season, his third as a pro since becoming St. Louis’ 18th-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Franco Gets Plum Assignment
Replacing Drake at Palm Beach is outfielder Bladimil Franco, moving up from extended spring training (Gulf Coast League Cardinals roster).
The 22-year-old, a native of the Dominican Republic, spent all of 2015 in the GCL, where he was an all-star, after appearing briefly with Johnson City in 2014. Franco’s career line is .301/.356/.388/.744 over four seasons, including two in the DSL.
Struggling catcher Steve Bean has been reassigned from Palm Beach to short-season Johnson City.
For 2016, the 22-year-old moved up to Palm Beach after two years with Peoria, but has had a rough time offensively in the Florida State League. Bean collected his first three extra base hits of the season just last week and has a line of .173/.239/.213/.476 over his 31 games with the Beach Birds in 2016.
Bean was St. Louis’ supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 draft from a Texas high school.
Rivera’s Third Time
Once again, catcher Chris Rivera has been assigned to the Palm Beach Cardinals from extended spring training (State College Spikes roster). Rivera takes Bean’s roster spot and joins the Beach Birds for the third time this season, having left most recently on May 23.
In 15 games overall with Palm Beach, Rivera had 15 hits (all singles) in 49 at-bats and five walks for a line of .265/.345/.265/.611. The 21-year-old drove in three and scored four.
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