Lynn continues to progress
Who needs 12-18 months of recovery time following Tommy John surgery, when you are Lance Lynn? Nine months removed, Lynn has made two starts (albeit brief ones) for High-A Palm Beach and will make his third start for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday night.
In two Florida State League appearances last week, Lynn threw 63 combined pitches over 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits, three runs (one earned) and struck out four.
Lynn is expected to make two more rehab appearances but in undetermined affiliated locations at the moment.
Pena takes rehab to backfields
After rehabbing his injured left knee for two games at High-A Palm Beach, St. Louis backup catcher Brayan Pena shifted clubs and continued his rehab for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon. Pena was hitless in three at-bats as the DH against the GCL Mets.
So far in his second rehab stint, the 34-year Cuban is 2-for-9 with two RBI over three games as a DH. The switch-hitter has yet to don the tools of ignorance. Pena is expected to advance to catching by the end of August and should return to St. Louis once rosters expand.
Walden's rehab halts
Jordan Walden's rehab assignment for Palm Beach ended before it even began. According to reports, Walden is experiencing renewed shoulder discomfort as of August 23rd and will likely miss the remainder of this season.
The righty has yet to appear in any action in 2016 and in fact hasn't pitched in a big-league game since April 2015. Walden made a solid impression in spring training camp before being sidelined.
Garcia off the DL
Outfielder Anthony Garcia was activated from the seven-day disabled list for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
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.
Wilson back to Springfield
After being returned to Memphis on August 9, Jacob Wilson was sent back down to Springfield just 14 days later. The middle infielder arrived with a bang, collecting two home runs and four RBI in four at-bats in the S-Cards 9-5 win over NW Arkansas (KC) on Tuesday night.
Overall, Wilson has a slash line of .223/.298/.434 with 14 homers and 43 driven in through 83 games (265 at-bats) between Triple-A and Double-A in 2016.
To accommodate Wilson, the Cardinals granted outfielder Jhohan Acevedo his release from Double-A Springfield's roster after hitting a cumulative .184 in his seventh season with the organization.
Acevedo moves on with a .248/.311/.300 slash line over 394 games (1277 at-bats) as a Cardinals farmhand. During his tenure, the 23-year old belted three homers while knocking in 130.
Four named Appy League All-Stars
The rookie-level Appalachian League named its 2016 All-Star Team on Tuesday, with the Johnson City Cardinals having four representatives.
On Tuesday, Wadye Ynfante finally made his official stateside debut after spending the last two seasons tearing up the Dominican Summer League. The 19-year-old, who singled in four at-bats in his GCL Cardinals debut, slashed .331/.429/.453 with a homer and 27 RBI at the academy in the Dominican. The DSL Cards have had their most successful season, but are eliminated from playoff contention.
TCN's July Player of the Month should have a good grasp of what is expected in the U.S. after participating in instructional league last fall and extended spring training earlier this season. Ynfante was TCN's 2015 DSL Cardinals Player of the Year.
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