Morales shelved, Thomas off the shelf
Andrew Morales was scratched hours before his scheduled Tuesday night start for the Springfield Cardinals and was placed on the seven-day disabled list. In 2016, Morales has been a valuable innings-eater, logging the second-most innings on the staff (70 1/3 over 12 starts) while delivering a 3.45 ERA.
Morales has an even 4-4 record with a 59 to 14 strikeout to walk ratio. He is repeating Double-A after a tumultuous first go-around. It appears J.C. Sulbaran will slide into the rotation in his absence.
Morales is apparently not injured. I was told he is being taken out of action due to innings pitched. He remains with the team in Springfield and was running and throwing from 20-40 feet with a trainer without apparent limitation before Tuesday’s finale against Tulsa. Because of that, Morales will likely serve the minimum of seven days on the disabled list.
Replacing Morales on the active roster, the Cardinals activated veteran minor league reliever Chris Thomas off the disabled list after he missed a month due to an undisclosed injury. Thomas has a modest 3.60 ERA in 11 games, spanning 15 innings of work. He has posted a 15 to 4 strikeout to walk ratio so far this season.
Garcia activated from inactive list
Following a nine-day hiatus due to what an official called a personal issue, Anthony Garcia was activated from Temporarily Inactive List on Monday and later singled in his lone at-bat that night. In limited Double-A action, the outfielder has a .333 average (9-for-27) with a homer and 5 RBI after his May 27th demotion from Triple-A Memphis.
Overall, Garcia is hitting .217/.305/.368 with four home runs and 21 RBI over 47 games, 38 of those with the Redbirds before his reassignment to Springfield.
Katz returning to Palm Beach
The return of Garcia signaled the return of Mason Katz back to High-A Palm Beach. As Garcia's temporary fill-in, Katz went 4-for-10 with a solo shot, two walks, and two punchouts for the Springbirds in the Texas League.
Katz had been out all season with a recurring groin problem until being activated May 26th.
Tice to State College
Dylan Tice replaced Katz on Palm Beach's active roster last Tuesday from extended spring training. The second baseman will now make his short-season debut with State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League after his brief four-game stint with the Beach Birds ended on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old was also with Palm Beach from April 11-14 as a short injury fill in. In his second stint, Tice was 4-for-16 with an RBI and four runs scored.
Bean back to FSL in time for ASG
Known more for his defensive ability than offensive prowess, scuffling Steve Bean had been reassigned to State College eight days ago for an undisclosed reason. On Tuesday, the catcher was returned to Palm Beach.
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 in his final week with Palm Beach and has a line of .173/.239/.213/.476 over his 31 games with the Beach Birds in 2016.
Bean is the third Florida State League South Division All-Star from Palm Beach and fifth catcher on the South squad, with the mid-season classic this Saturday at Fort Myers.
Rivera shipped to State College
Chris Rivera falls back to short-season State College following Bean's reassignment to Palm Beach. In his third FSL stint this season, Rivera played sparingly accumulating eight at-bats in two games. His lone hit was a double but hecollected three RBI.
Overall with Palm Beach, the catcher has a .246/.323/.263 slash line in 17 games (14-for-57).
Mercado off the DL, Martinez to SC
Oscar Mercado returns to full-season action after serving the minimum of seven days on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. The slick defensive shortstop has posted a .200/.290/.242 batting line with zero homers and 20 RBI in 52 games this season.
Jose Martinez in the system moves to State College as a result of Mercado's activation. Martinez went 7-for-25 in his Cardinals introduction with Palm Beach.
Six S-Cards named to TL North All-Star Team
The Springfield Cardinals will be well-represented in this year's Texas League All-Star Game. Among the six representatives named to the North squad include three starters: Harrison Bader (OF), Carson Kelly (C), and Luke Voit (DH). The squad also includes three Springfield reserves: Paul DeJong, Bruce Caldwell and Mike Mayers, the latter who has been promoted to Memphis.
Voit and Caldwell were 2015 Florida State League All-Stars with Palm Beach as well.
The Cardinals are hosting this year's Texas League All-Star game on Tuesday, June 28th with the official start time to be determined.
Pena's plans change
St. Louis catcher Brayan Pena's return to the big leagues has been delayed. He has paused his rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield to return to Orlando for a personal matter, according to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch.
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