Marco Gonzales (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Three minor leaguers at the Class-A level were affected by St. Louis Cardinals’ roster decisions on Sunday.

Three minor leaguers at the Class-A level were affected by St. Louis Cardinals’ roster decisions on Sunday, including a former major leaguer.

The Palm Beach Cardinals were down one position player when Thomas Spitz was promoted to Springfield on Friday. However, they received an unofficial replacement that same day as infielder Jhonny Peralta was sent to the Florida State League by St. Louis to rehab. (Peralta does not count against Palm Beach’s 25-man roster limit.)

On Sunday, there were further roster changes centered around Palm Beach.

Dykstra back quickly

When Magneuris Sierra was promoted off the Beach Birds’ roster to St. Louis on Sunday, the Palm Beach club would have been a second hitter short. However, the club filled one spot with the activation of infielder Luke Dykstra from the seven-day disabled list. The infielder missed the minimum time after being hot on the hand by a pitch while batting on April 29.

Dykstra, 21, was batting just .200 with a double, a home run and six RBI over his first 18 games in the Cardinals system. The right-handed hitter has fanned six times against just one walk.

In his Sunday return, Dykstra went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

The son of former major league outfielder Lenny Dykstra was acquired from the Braves with John Gant and Chris Ellis in the Cardinals’ off-season trade for Jaime Garcia.

Gonzales shifts

After pitching successfully in an extended spring training game on Tuesday, left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales pronounced himself ready for the next test. The parent Cardinals agreed, reassigning The Cardinal Nation’s 27th-ranked prospect from the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis to high-A Palm Beach. Roster opening filled.

Returning from Tommy John surgery, Sunday’s start for the Beach Birds was the 25-year old’s first official action since 2015. Gonzales impressed, requiring just 73 pitches, including 52 for strikes, over six innings. The lefty allowed just two hits, including a solo home run, striking out seven and walking none.

At this rate, it should not be long before Gonzales rejoins the Memphis rotation, where he last made 18 starts in 2015.

Carter away

On Sunday, right-handed relief pitcher Eric Carter was placed on the temporarily inactive list by the Class-A Peoria Chiefs. No other related roster moves were announced at this time.

Carter, The Cardinal Nation’s Rookie Reliever of the Year for 2016, has thrown 12 innings over nine Midwest League games this season. The 24-year old has a 4.50 ERA to go with 12 strikeouts and three walks. 

The temporarily inactive list is essentially an in-season excused leave of absence of a minimum of three days. It can be used for paternity, bereavement or family medical emergency leaves, or when a player has to return home for personal reasons.

Chiefs rotation changes

This is not a transaction note, but a role change one. At Peoria, John Kilichowski (0-3, 5.21 ERA in four starts) and Ronnie Williams (1-2, 9.90 in five starts) are out of the rotation with Mike O'Reilly to get the Tuesday start, his first of 2017.

It looks like a five-man rotation, at least the next time through.

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For roster and player information

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To see the Cardinals’ entire system by level and position on one page along with every player transaction for every club all year long, check out the newly-refreshed Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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