On Friday, the Memphis Redbirds placed third baseman Patrick Wisdom on the seven-day disabled list. The 24-year-old had been scuffling offensively in recent days, on a 2-for-19 (.105) skid over the last week. That lowered his season line to .234/.317/.359/.676 in 192 at-bats over his first 56 Triple-A games. Wisdom has three home runs and 21 RBI this season.
The Redbirds have another experienced third baseman in Jacob Wilson on the club, and returned a utilityman to the roster as well.
Valera Makes U-Turn
To replace Wisdom on the Triple-A roster, the Cardinals brought Breyvic Valera back to Memphis from Springfield. In his three Texas League games since being returned on Monday, the 24-year-old Venezuelan went 2-for-8 with a walk, a stolen base and two RBI.
In his first stint with the Redbirds, Valera went 4-for-6 in limited action. The utility man had two doubles, an RBI, and a stolen base in his Triple-A debut.
Katz Racking Up Miles
Another recently-transferred player made a U-turn on Friday as the Cardinals returned second baseman Mason Katz to Springfield. The 25-year-old had been reassigned to Palm Beach on Tuesday. In his two games back in the Florida State League, Katz went 2-for-8 with an RBI and a stolen base.
Katz’ entire season to-date consists of just 10 games – five with Palm Beach and five with Springfield - due to a recurring groin injury that kept him out of action for the first two months-plus.
The Palm Beach roster had been one player over its 25-man limit with the Thursday return of outfielder Collin Radack from Springfield, so another move is not required to replace Katz. The Beach Birds are on All-Star break, returning to action on Monday.
Saturday update – MWL All-Star injured
The Peoria Chiefs lost an all-star pitcher, placing Derian Gonzalez on the seven-day disabled list on Saturday. The move is retroactive to Thursday, June 16. The 21-year-old was removed from his Wednesday start after just 1 2/3 innings due to a shoulder injury.
On the season, Gonzalez, who made the jump all the way from the Gulf Coast League to the Midwest League this season, is 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA through 11 starts. In 58 2/3 innings, the right-hander struck out 50, but issued 31 walks.
His roster replacement was not immediately announced. My guess is it will be one of the 2016 draftees.
What is next
Check back here throughout Father’s Day weekend, as any additional transactions that affect the Cardinals minor league system will be added to this article.
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