Unable to get into a groove yet this season, Jacob Wilson gets his first chance since May 9th for a turnaround after being activated on Monday. One of the more productive hitters in the organization last year, Wilson was placed on the seven-day disabled list on May 13th after a line of .192/.261/.321 over 25 games to start his 2016 campaign.
The infielder had reportedly been dealing with a broken thumb or hand issue of some sort that caused him to the miss the last month.
To accommodate Wilson on Memphis’ roster, Breyvic Valera was returned to Double-A Springfield on Monday. Valera had joined the Redbirds one week ago and had a successful stint, going 4-for-6 in limited action. The utility player had two doubles, an RBI, and a stolen base in his Triple-A debut.
Overall, Valera has a slash line of .273/.303/.324 with no homers and 11 RBI over 53 games between Springfield and Memphis this season. His demotion required another roster move.
Drake headed back South
In the Valera corresponding move, Blake Drake was returned to High-A Palm Beach following a brief three-game stint in the Texas League. The athletic outfielder collected one hit in seven at-bats against Double-A pitching.
On the season, Drake is hitting .238/.289/.340 with a homer and 23 RBI over 58 games between Palm Beach and Springfield.
Franco's fill in finished
As expected, the player added at Palm Beach to replace Drake last week is being returned. Outfielder Bladimil Franco has been assigned to the State College Spikes.
In three Florida State League games, the 22-year-old had three singles in 10 at-bats. Franco had an RBI, a run scored and three strikeouts. The New York-Penn League season opens on Friday.
Maness shifting rehab to Memphis
With Springfield set to open an eight-game homestand this week, Seth Maness will likely complete his rehab with Memphis before returning to the big-league club for activation. Maness allowed a solo home run over three innings of work for Springfield. He pitched with an off-day in effect between each of his three appearances.
Interestingly, I have been told Maness will make a couple of starts rather than appearing out of the bullpen for the Redbirds. A few starts would allow him to find a feel for his sinker faster than outings of shorter duration.
Pena to St. Louis ahead
Brayan Pena appeared in six games over his rehab assignment for Springfield. Splitting time between catcher and DH, the 34-year old has completed his rehab after going 3-for-19 with Texas League Cardinals.
When Pena is officially activated, Eric Fryer is expected to be optioned to Memphis, with other related catching moves likely following.
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