Kiekhefer to StL as 26th man
With the day-night doubleheader to be played at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals were allowed a 26th roster spot and thus recalled lefty reliever Dean Kiekhefer from Memphis for the day.
Kiekhefer, 27, who was optioned on June 19th from the big club, has compiled a strong 2.10 ERA over 22 games (25 2/3 IP) this season for the Redbirds. In his first stint in St. Louis, the former Louisville standout had 5.73 ERA in 11 innings over as many games.
Garcia returns to Memphis
After Jeremy Hazelbaker's abrupt removal from Monday night's game in El Paso (SD), Anthony Garcia was pulled early from the nightcap game in Springfield of the doubleheader against Arkansas (LAA). Garcia was being promoted to Memphis to fill the vacant spot of Hazelbaker, who was recalled to St. Louis.
On Tuesday night, Garcia made his first appearance with the Redbirds' since his May 27th demotion, as a pinch-hitter. The outfielder remained in the game and singled in two at-bats.
In his previous stint in the Pacific Coast League, the Puerto Rican native hit a minuscule .197 with three homers, 16 RBI, and .622 OPS over 39 games (127 at-bats). With Springfield, Garcia slugged three homers and drove in 16 RBI as well, batting .254 in 37 games at the Double-A level. (122 at-bats).
I was recently told that Garcia has been playing through a wrist issue this year, so perhaps that has something to do with his offensive downturn following a breakout 2015.
S-Cards add Sohn
In place of Garcia, the Texas League Cardinals received middle infielder Andrew Sohn from High-A Palm Beach. Sohn, known for his hard-nosed play, has a .198 average with two homers and 11 RBI over 43 games in the Florida State League this season.
The Cardinals 2014 sixth round draftee will appear in the Texas League for the second time this season, first since April 17th.
Hawkins to make TL debut
In need of a fresh arm after Monday's doubleheader, the S-Cards also received lefty reliever Chandler Hawkins from Palm Beach. Though he is likely a temporary fill in, Hawkins gives the Springbirds an additional left-handed option out of the bullpen to go with Justin Wright.
The Arkansas State standout will make his Texas League debut after posting 4.03 ERA in 28 games (38 IP) with the Beach Birds' and Low-A Peoria this season. Hawkins has struck out 29 batters and issued 12 walks over that span.
Rowland back to the Beach
In three rehab appearances with the Low-A (short-season) State College, Spikes, Robby Rowland allowed two runs in the first outing, followed by three scoreless innings over the next two that included five strikeouts. The right-hander has now completed his rehab assignment, returning to Florida, this time to rejoin Palm Beach for the first time since last summer.
Update: Lucas and Perry moving up
With Memphis already down a one player and Dean Kiekhefer with St. Louis for the day, the Triple-A Redbirds received a pair of pitching reinforcements from Springfield – right-handers Josh Lucas and Chris Perry – at least temporarily.
Lucas, 25, was with Memphis briefly in June. Before he was returned to Springfield on the 25th, he pitched in two Triple-A games and was responsible for eight runs, seven earned, in 1 2/3 innings. With Springfield, Lucas is 11-for-13 in saves to go with a 4-2 record, a 3.76 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings.
Perry, 26, will be making his Triple-A debut. The North Carolina native has a 2.90 ERA over 27 relief appearances for Springfield in 2016. Perry has struck out 48 against 27 free passes in 40 1/3 innings.
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