Bruce Caldwell (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Friday moves in the Cardinals minor league system primarily centered on catching at high-A Palm Beach

Friday moves in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system primarily centered on catching at high-A Palm Beach, plus Springfield got one of its big bats back.

Caldwell to try again

On Friday, Springfield activated Bruce Caldwell from the seven-day disabled list. The second baseman missed the minimum time, with a facial injury, but it was his second DL stint in the last three weeks.

For the season, the Texas League mid-season all-star has a .246/.320/.383/.703 slash line with nine home runs and 44 RBI through 321 at-bats over 90 games.

Springfield’s roster had been at 24 players so no other moves were required to activate Caldwell.


Rivera reverts

Catcher Chris Rivera went back onto Palm Beach’s seven-day disabled list on Friday. The 21-year-old had appeared in just two games since being activated off the DL, going 1-for-7 over Wednesday and Thursday. His one hit was the biggest possible, a grand slam that helped power Palm Beach to its Thursday victory.

Over the season, in 43 games between Palm Beach and State College, Rivera has a very modest slash line of .163/.255/.230/.485.


Garcia’s chance

Last time Rivera was injured, the Cardinals brought up Stephen Zavala from Johnson City. This time, his Appalachian League teammate Erik Garcia received the call to join Palm Beach.

The 23-year-old, a free agent signee last October, has a slash line of .225/.271/.288/.559 in 80 at-bats over 22 Appy League contests. Garcia has a 39 percent strikeout rate this season.


Pena augments PB catching

Garcia wasn’t the only backstop joining Palm Beach on Friday. St. Louis catcher Brayan Pena began his latest rehab assignment in the Florida State League. The 34-year-old has struggled all year with left knee problems that began in spring training. Pena was active with St. Louis from just June 28 to July 6.

In his debut Friday night, Pena went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sacrifice fly as the Beach Birds’ designated hitter.

Rehabbers do not count against minor league roster limits.

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