Danny Diekroeger (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Out for three months, third baseman Danny Diekroeger returned to Palm Beach’s lineup Thursday night.

Out for three months, third baseman Danny Diekroeger returned to Palm Beach’s lineup Thursday night.

Rare is the day in which the St. Louis Cardinals have just one transaction across the entire system. Usually, moves are made in pairs, making Thursday’s lone announcement a bit different.

The Palm Beach Cardinals activated Danny Diekroeger off the disabled list on Thursday. Another unique factor was that the third baseman was on the 60-day disabled list, not the 15-day. The 24-year-old, one of at least three former Stanford players in the Cardinals system (along with Stephen Piscotty and State College shortstop Tommy Edman), had been out since being injured on May 13.

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Diekroeger was badly missed by the offense-starved Palm Beach club, after having been the Florida State League squad’s top run producer over the first six weeks of the season. At the time he went on the DL, the left-handed hitter led the Beach Birds with 16 RBI, was tied for first with 14 runs scored and was second in all four slash line categories. He crafted a line of .286/.362/.371/.733 over 32 games.

In his return to action Thursday night, Diekroeger batted sixth and served as the designated hitter. It was a painful return, as he reached base after being hit by a pitch in the first inning and scored on a grand slam. To make matters worse, he was hit again by a Bradenton reliever to lead off the third inning, but this time was stranded at third base. Diekroeger went 0-for-3 the rest of the way.

Diekroeger was drafted by St. Louis in the 10th round in 2014 and the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder first reached Palm Beach last July.

Palm Beach was down to 24 active players before this transaction, so did not need to make any other moves. In fact, at this point, the Beach Birds are the only one of the four full-season minor league affiliates at full strength. The other three – Memphis, Springfield and Peoria – are running with 24 players each due to injuries.

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