Sam Tewes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

News on 14 St. Louis Cardinals minor league players on the move over the May 13-14 weekend.

News on 14 St. Louis Cardinals minor league players on the move over the May 13-14 weekend.

Updates: Sunday Chiefs six pack plus one

On Sunday, the Peoria Chiefs announced six roster moves, including the return of outfield Vince Jackson from extended spring training. Palm Beach also made a pitching swap due to injury.

Jackson re-joins

Jackson, 23, was on Peoria’s opening day roster, but was sent down to extended spring training on April 24.
With the Chiefs, Jackson had just three singles and two walks in 33 plate appearances. The left-handed hitters slash line was a painful .097/.143/.097/.230.

Martinez back, too

Another former Chief, this one from 2016, rejoined the club on Sunday, shortstop Jose Martinez. Like Jackson, Martinez had been playing most recently in extended spring training.
Martinez, 20, was late to report to spring training from his Venezuelan home due to a visa issue and will be making his official 2017 debut with Peoria. In his first year in the Cardinals system in 2016, the switch-hitter crafted a .275/.341/.331/.672 slash line.

Perez knows the way

The Cardinals assigned left-handed pitcher Dewin Perez (DAY-win) to Peoria from Extended Spring Training.
The 22-year old, a native of Colombia, made 16 starts for the 2015 Chiefs, but dropped back to State College in 2016. Perez is now a reliever.

Davis hamstrung

The Chiefs placed infielder J.R. Davis on the seven-day disabled list due to a right-hamstring strain. The move is retroactive to May 12.
In his full-season debut with Peoria, the 22-year old has played in 23 games, putting together a .281/.297/.365/.662 line. Davis is 5-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

Santos promoted
On Sunday, the Cardinals promoted Peoria right-handed reliever Ramon Santos to Palm Beach. Santos was replaced by Perez on the Chiefs active roster and took Anthony Ciavarella’s spot with the Beach Birds.
In his first month-plus out of the bullpen, the 22-year old native of the Dominican Republic logged a 3.54 ERA in 20 1/3 innings over 11 appearances. Perez struck out 15 Midwest League batters and walked seven. The league hit a collective .267 against him.

Ciavarella sidelined
The Palm Beach Cardinals placed lefty reliever Anthony Ciavarella on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to May 12, 2017.
Promoted to high-A just six days ago, on May 8, the 23-year old struggled in his Florida State debuts. Over his first two appearances, Ciavarella allowed nine baserunners in 1 2/3 innings and five of them scored (21.60 ERA).

Sunday update - Peralta accelerates

After his early rehab stint in Florida earlier this month with Palm Beach and in extended spring training, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta had rejoined teammates in St. Louis. However, it was reported that the 34-year old would resume his rehab work in games with Triple-A Memphis starting on Tuesday.

That plan has been accelerated, as Peralta was officially assigned to the Pacific Coast League club on Saturday and is manager Stubby Clapp's Sunday lineup, batting cleanup. With Palm Beach, the infielder went 2-for-8 with four strikeouts. His EST results were not released.

Sunday update - Wick winged

The Triple-A Redbirds are down a reliever with the placement of Rowan Wick on the seven-day disabled list. The move is retroactive to May 12.

In his first 10 career games at the level, the 24-year old right-hander has a 6.08 ERA to go with 14 strikeouts and six walks in 13 1/3 innings.

Hudzina backed off

Third baseman Danny Hudzina has been returned to Cardinals extended spring training camp, according to the Peoria Star-Journal. In 80 at-bats over 23 games, the right-handed hitter struggled to a .188/.253/.288/.540 slash line.

The Chiefs have not made any announcements, including Hudzina’s replacement.

Carter returns

Reliever Eric Carter was away from the Class-A Peoria Chiefs from May 8 until his return on May 11. That time was spent on the Temporarily Inactive List.

The 24-year old has two saves in three opportunities and a 1-1 record to go with a 4.50 ERA. Carter struck out 12 and walked four in 14 innings.

Trayner turned back

With Carter’s return, reliever Spencer Trayner was sent to extended spring training.

The 22-year old had been with the Chiefs since opening day. In 11 1/3 innings over nine appearances, Trayner logged a 5.56 ERA. He allowed 17 hits, walked four and fanned 12. Midwest League opponents batted .347 against him.

Tewes debuts

Right-handed pitcher Sam Tewes (pronounced "TAY-vuss"), the Cardinals eighth round draft pick from last June, was activated at Palm Beach. The 22-year old from Wichita State did not pitch in 2016 after signing while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

In his professional debut Saturday night, Tewes yielded four hits and two walks over two innings. In a large part due to the left side of the Palm Beach infield committing five errors, the five runs that scored during Tewes time on the mound were all unearned.

De La Cruz shelved

On the Palm Beach active roster, Tewes takes the place of reliever Steven De La Cruz, who was added to the seven-day disabled list on Saturday.

Since joining the Florida State League club on April 19 from extended spring training, De La Cruz pitched 8 2/3 innings over six games. The 24-year old was spanked for a 13.50 ERA after allowing 10 hits and 10 walks.

Reed released

Lefty Jimmy Reed was released by the Cardinals organization on Tuesday. Reed, 26, made three relief appearances coming off 2016 Tommy John surgery, logging an 8.10 ERA before going back on the disabled list on April 17. He had most recently been working in Cardinals extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida.

St. Louis' sixth-rounder in the 2013 draft from Maryland finished his Cardinals career with a 3.76 ERA in 65 career games, including 59 starts.

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