Mr. Irrelevant becomes relevant
With the Palm Beach Cardinals able to put their disappointing first half behind and start the second half of the Florida State League, the A-Advanced club’s roster was still one pitcher short. This is due to the promotion of closer Rowan Wick on Tuesday to Double-A Springfield.
The replacement, at least temporary, is a hurler from the nearby rookie-league team that opened its season on Friday. Right-hander Davis Ward is the newest Beach Bird. Since being drafted as St. Louis’ final pick in 2014, their 40th-rounder, Ward has thrown just 16 innings as a professional – all in 2014 – before missing the entire 2015 season.
The 24-year-old’s first appearance for Palm Beach will also be his first in any place other than in the Gulf Coast League.
Thomas shelved again
On Thursday, the Springfield Cardinals placed reliever Chris Thomas on the seven-day disabled list. The 28-year-old had his worst outing of the season on Tuesday, touched for four earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning.
For the season, the right-hander has a 6.75 ERA over his 17 1/3 innings over 14 appearances. Thomas struck out 16 and walked six. Texas League batters are hitting a collective .315 against him. The Missouri native was previously on the Springfield DL from mid-May to mid-June.
6/28 update: According to reports, Thomas has undergone elbow cleanup surgery.
Morales quickly back
On Friday, the Double-A Cards welcomed starting pitcher Andrew Morales back from the seven-day DL. The right-hander was rested due to a bit of shoulder discomfort, but was officially on the shelf for just 10 days.
The 23-year-old has a 4-4 record with a 3.45 ERA over 70 1/3 innings and a 59 to 14 strikeout to walk count over his 12 starts. Morales is repeating Double-A this season.
Heyer can’t stay higher
The Cardinals returned right-hander Kurt Heyer to Springfield from Memphis on Friday. The swingman most recently made a start for the Redbirds in their double header on Wednesday, allowing four runs in four innings.
Overall with Memphis this season, the 25-year-old has an 8.84 ERA, having allowed 18 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. With Springfield, however, Heyer has a 2.82 ERA over 22 1/3 innings. The Californian first reached Double-A as a starter in 2014, but is primarily a long reliever/swingman currently.
Herget promoted again
After a stellar start to 2016 that included six saves and 23 scoreless innings for Palm Beach, reliever Kevin Herget was moved up to Springfield on May 14. Now, less than six weeks later, the right-hander will be calling Memphis his baseball home, in the corresponding move to Heyer’s.
The 25-year-old, who was St. Louis’ 39th round selection in 2013, was not as impressive in Double-A, with a 6.00 ERA in 15 innings over 13 games. Herget struck out 21 and walked just four with Springfield, however.
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