Lee activated after brief rehab
Thomas Lee was activated from Memphis’ seven-day disabled list following missing the last two months of Triple-A action with an undisclosed injury. Over the last 10 days, Lee appeared in three games on his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, tossing a combined six shutout innings.
With Memphis, the right-hander owns 1-3 record with 6.83 ERA over six starts before going down with injury on May 12th. With reliever John Brebbia sent down in the corresponding move, it appears Lee will join the Redbirds' bullpen for the immediate future while he builds up stamina to start.
Brebbia back to Double-A
To make room for Lee at Memphis, John Brebbia was returned to Springfield after a shaky Triple-A introduction. Brebbia yielded eight runs (seven earned) on 17 hits over 10 1/3 innings for a 6.10 ERA with Memphis.
On the season, the right-hander, who was selected in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft last December, holds 4.57 ERA in 29 games (43 1/3 IP) between Springfield and Memphis. He has punched out 43 batters against eight walks this season.
After having been just a step away from the big leagues, long-time Cardinals farmhand Heath Wyatt was given his release on Sunday by the organization. This season, Wyatt struggled to a 5.72 ERA and 1.83 WHIP first with Memphis and most recently Springfield.
The sub-winding right-hander finished his Cardinals career with a lifetime 19-17 record, 3.28 ERA over 340 2/3 innings, executing 33 saves in 46 opportunities in his six-year tenure. Wyatt has a 255-to-100 strikeout to walk ratio.
Evans off the DL
Like Lee, Jacob Evans came off the DL on Sunday, but for High-A Palm Beach. Evans made his first start since June 25th, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings against Brevard County (MIL). He scattered three hits, one walk and struck out two on the night.
The lefty has spent all of 2016 with the Florida State League Cardinals, compiling a 3.71 ERA in 13 starts (80 IP). Evans has fanned 42 batters with 14 walks.
Peoria gets Wirsu
Josh Wirsu, who has been out for the majority of the 2016 season, will make his Midwest League season debut shortly. Wirsu was 0-0 with 7.36 ERA in five relief appearances at Palm Beach before being sent down to Peoria on Sunday.
In his first full season last year, the 22-year made 13 appearances (12 starts) and posted a 5.06 ERA in stints with Peoria, Low-A (short-season) State College, and Rookie-Ball Johnson City in 2015. Wirsu struck out 34 and walked 26 batters.
Dylan Tice, promoted to Peoria from State College, will be making his Midwest League debut. The switch-hitter played in 20 games with the Spikes, hitting .281 with two homers and 10 RBI before the promotion. He also drove in two runs in a brief six-game stint with Palm Beach earlier this season.
Tice, 23, was the Cardinals 36th round draft selection last summer out of West Chester University. The 5-foot-8 second baseman hit .280/.341/.293 and belted four homers with 22 RBI in his transition to pro ball for the GCL Cardinals last summer.
Former Missouri State product Dylan Becker joined Heath Wyatt in receiving his release on Sunday. Becker, 23, hit just .218 with no homers and 13 RBI over 50 games (147 at-bats) for Peoria this season.
The third baseman had signed as a non-drafted free agent on July 9, 2015. Becker concludes his career as a Cardinals minor leaguer with a .254/.361/.313 slash line in 86 games (256 at-bats).
Holt shipped to SC
To create a roster spot for Wirsu, reliever Harley Holt was sent from Peoria down to State College and will be making his first appearance in the New York-Penn League. Holt delivered a promising 2.12 ERA in 17 games (34 IP) with 23 strikeouts to six walks for the Chiefs this season.
After being signed as a non-drafted free agent last summer, the right-hander had a 3.40 ERA in 17 games (39 2/3 IP) between Johnson City and Palm Beach in 2015. Holt struck out 32 batters against five walks.
Sherriff to participate in WBC Qualifier
Following the Minor League regular season in September, Memphis left-handed reliever Ryan Sherriff will take part in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier for Team Israel. The 2016 Pacific Coast League all-star is one of the latest to join the growing roster of Jewish baseball players.
Sherriff, who is of Jewish heritage, was a no-brainer to play for Team Israel.
"They contacted my Mom asking me if I wanted to play," Sherriff told Memphis Redbirds broadcaster Steve Selby during a pre-game interview. "I said, 'Yes,' right off the bat. I always wanted to be a part of something like that. For my grandparents to be in the Holocaust, it's just an honor to play for Team Israel."
The qualifiers will be played September 22 through 25 in Brooklyn, New York.
Update: Then to begin rehab
Right-handed reliever Jery Then, on the disabled list of the Peoria Chiefs all season long, is beginning a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
The 21-year-old has been working his way back from shoulder soreness. Last season, in 24 appearances between State College and Peoria, Then posted a 4.30 ERA with 31 strikeouts to 18 walks in 37 2/3 innings.
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