Echemendia bumped up to Memphis
With an open roster spot at Triple-A Memphis following Alex Reyes' promotion Tuesday, Pedro Echemendia was summoned from Springfield on Wednesday afternoon. The right-handed reliever returns to the Pacific Coast League for his second stint after appearing in five games for the S-Cards in between.
The Cuban has posted a 3-1 record with 3.88 ERA in 35 games (two starts) across stops at High-A Palm Beach, Springfield, and Memphis this season. Echemendia has fanned 42 batters to 17 walks over 55 2/3 innings pitched.
Currently, Memphis has reached its active roster limit, though they may need a replacement from Double-A to replace Luke Weaver, who will make his big-league debut this Saturday in St. Louis.
Injuries continue for PB
The Class A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals continued to be bitten by the injury bug with the loss of utilityman Cole Lankford on Wednesday. The transaction is retroactive to August 8th.
Lankford has spent all of 2016 since mid-May with the Beach Birds, batting .289 with a homer and 24 RBI through 66 games played (256 at-bats).
No immediate accompanying move was announced. Lankford makes the ninth player to hit the shelf for the Florida State League Cardinals.
Holt returns to Peoria
Down two roster spots entering Wednesday, Low-A Peoria Chiefs partially addressed that issue with the return of Harley Holt from Low-A (short-season) State College. Holt will appear in the Midwest League for the second time this season.
The Hawaiian native carries a 1-3 record with 2.89 ERA in 22 games (three starts) with State College, Peoria, and Palm Beach. In his most recent stint with the Spikes, the righty posted a 5.06 ERA through 10 2/3 innings and struck out four against three walks.
At the moment, the Chiefs are down one roster spot with another move likely to be announced shortly. They had already lost reliever Steven Gallardo to the DL on Tuesday.
Morales to rehab in GCL
After missing parts of the last two months with recurring shoulder issues, Andrew Morales is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals. According to a club official, Morales will be scheduled to throw in a "couple of games" down in Florida before returning to Springfield.
The organization's Pitcher of the Month in April aggravated his shoulder in his second start off the DL on July 1st, a game he was pulled after just three innings against Corpus Christi (HOU). When healthy, the former UC Irvine product has been successful in his second go-around through the Texas League, compiling 3.35 ERA in 14 starts for the S-Cards. He has fanned 66 batters against 18 walks (78 innings).
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