Relief pitcher Ronnie Shaban has been assigned to the Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals. The 26-year-old first reached Double-A in 2014, but will be making his Triple-A debut.
This season with Springfield, Shaban has a 3.11 ERA in 55 innings over 42 appearances. The right-hander struck out 40 and walked 16. Texas League batters hit a collective .251 against him.
Memphis was down a player on its active roster so no other moves were required. Sam Tuivailala, bumped down from St. Louis earlier in the day, had pitched Thursday night, so a fresh arm may be especially welcome.
Springfield placed reliever Chris Perry on the seven-day disabled list. The 26-year-old, who has been with the Double-A club all season, has a 3.37 ERA over 37 appearances totaling 53 1/3 innings.
The right-hander struck out 60, but walked 40. Perry held Texas League hitters to a collective .184 batting average this season.
Springfield activated starting pitcher Trey Nielsen from the seven-day disabled list. Out for the last three weeks, the 24-year-old has made 19 starts with Springfield and one spot start with Memphis.
In 2016, the right-hander has thrown 119 innings, posting a 3.86 ERA to go with 78 strikeouts and 40 walks. Nielsen is The Cardinal Nation’s 28th-ranked prospect.
McKnight Moves Up
Right-handed pitcher Blake McKnight has been promoted to Springfield from Palm Beach. The 25-year-old from O’Fallon, MO has been with the Beach Birds all season.
McKnight has made 11 starts and 22 relief appearances in 2016, logging a 3.11 ERA. He walked more batters, 40, than he struck out, 37, in 92 2/3 Florida State League innings.
Nielsen and McKnight replace Shaban and Terry on the Double-A Cardinals’ active roster.
Palm Beach activated pitcher Will Anderson from the 60-day disabled list. Out since last summer with shoulder issues, the 24-year-old made seven appearances in the Gulf Coast League earlier this month to pitch his way back into shape.
In the GCL, the right-hander allowed just two earned runs in nine innings, striking out six and walking none.
Anderson essentially takes McKnight’s spot on Palm Beach’s active roster.
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