The Memphis Redbirds have placed outfielder Anthony Garcia on the seven-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to Monday, August 15.
The 24-year old first joined Memphis almost exactly 12 months ago, and opened 2016 there, but was sent back to Double-A at the end of May. Garcia returned to the Redbirds on July 19. In 60 games with the Redbirds, the right-handed hitter’s line is .236/.311/.414/.724.
With a full 40-man roster and several injured Cardinals currently on the 60-day DL heading toward rehab stints, Garcia’s 40-man roster spot could be in jeopardy in September.
Martini hopes to stick the third time
Outfielder Nick Martini has been reassigned to Memphis from Springfield, taking Garcia’s spot on the Triple-A squad.
It is the 26-year old’s third stint with Memphis this season. Martini opened 2016 in Triple-A and remained there for the first 2 ½ months of the season before being returned to Double-A. He was back with Memphis again for eight days early in July.
Overall between the two levels, the left-handed hitter has crafted a line of .251/.344/.349/.694. Martini has drawn 47 walks against 55 strikeouts in 392 plate appearances and is 9-for-10 in stealing bases.
Spitz promoted again
Outfielder Thomas Spitz has been assigned to Springfield from Palm Beach to replace Martini on the Double-A roster.
The 24-year old, St. Louis’ 32nd round pick in the 2015 Draft, opened the season with Peoria and moved up to Palm Beach on July 1. Since joining the Florida State League, the right-handed hitter registered a line of .241/.347/.362/.709 in 141 at-bats over 39 games.
Evans nearing return
The second member of the Palm Beach Cardinals starting staff began a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Tuesday, left-handed pitcher Jacob Evans.
In his two-inning rehab debut Tuesday, Evans allowed two hits and no walks and fanned a pair. An unearned run scored as a result of the 15th error committed by first rounder Delvin Perez.
The 22-year old most recently went on the Palm Beach DL on July 23, but had only been active for six days since coming off the DL the first time. Overall, Evans has a 3.98 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 15 walks in 81 1/3 innings.
The other Beach Bird hurler rehabbing in the GCL is Will Anderson.
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