Miguel Socolovich (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals added Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis, with the reliever trading places with Sam Tuivailala.

The St. Louis Cardinals added Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis, with the reliever trading places with Sam Tuivailala.

St. Louis Cardinals press release

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Friday) that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Miguel Socolovich from Memphis (AAA) and they had optioned right-handed pitcher Sam Tuivailala to Memphis following last night’s game.


Socolovich, 30, is making his second appearance with the Cardinals this season, appearing in two games  (July 21 & 23) last month, allowing one run in 3.2 innings pitched while fanning five.

Socolovich has compiled a 2-6 mark with 5 saves and a 3.14 ERA in 45 games (51.1 IP) at Memphis this season, ranking T1st in the Pacific Coast League in Holds (13) and 3rd among PCL relievers with his 1.12 WHIP.  Socolovich has struck out 59 and walked just 16 for the triple-A Redbirds and allowed just two home runs.

In 41 career appearances in the majors, “Soco” is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA, striking out 44 in 49.2 innings pitched.   Socolovich wears uniform no. 63.

Tuivailala, who worked the 9th inning in last night’s game, has appeared in eight games with St. Louis this season, striking out seven in 6.0 IP.

Brian Walton’s take

In two years of trying to show he belongs in St. Louis, Tuivailala has yet to turn the corner. While the 23-year-old should be back in September, it is very difficult to envision him pitching in crucial situations. Not mentioned above is his two hit batters, one wild pitch and 9.00 ERA.


It seemed highly likely that Socolovich would return next week when rosters expand, anyway, so this was just a bit sooner than expected. With Memphis in last place and out of playoff contention, he isn’t going to change the trajectory there. Further, by coming up now, Socolovich could be playoff-eligible, in case the Cardinals continue in October and need him then.

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