St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to Friday night’s series opener with the San Francisco Giants that they have activated infielder Jhonny Peralta (upper respiratory condition) from the 10-day disabled list and optioned rookie outfielder Magneuris Sierra to Springfield (AA).
Peralta, 34, appeared in eight games with the Cardinals to begin the season, batting .120 (3-for-25) before being placed on the disabled list on April 17. Peralta recently appeared in three games for Triple-A Memphis while on an injury rehabilitation assignment, batting .364 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBI. Peralta also appeared in three games for Palm Beach (A) earlier this month (.250; 2-for-8).
Sierra, 21, made his Major League debut on May 7 and hit safely in each of his seven games played for St. Louis, batting .376 (11-for-30) with 8 runs scored.
Brian Walton’s take
I get that Sierra has become a fan favorite in his short time up, and for good reason, but I don’t get the furor expressed by some over sending him down. The 21-year old needs to play every day and continue to improve as a player and that is not going to happen in St. Louis. Dexter Fowler's shoulder is well enough to enable him to play center field every day. However, Sierra, the Cardinal Nation’s number seven-ranked prospect, will be back soon enough.
Sierra is still physically in St. Louis, so Springfield will likely make a roster move when he arrives on Saturday. With the S-Cards, Sierra should join an all-prospect outfield with Adolis Garcia and Oscar Mercado, all three of whom are athletic enough to play center field.
With St. Louis, Peralta returns to being a reserve, with Jedd Gyorko seemingly having strengthened his hold on the starting third base job while Peralta was out.
One risk is that the club is currently carrying just three outfielders, as Stephen Piscotty's rehab at Double-A Springfield appears to have slowed. With Jose Martinez also on the DL, the only healthy flycatchers are Tommy Pham, Fowler and Randal Grichuk.
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