The Cardinals have made several roster moves in the last two days. The most recent transaction was the addition of infielder Aaron Herr. The son of former Cards second baseman Tommy Herr, he joins the Cardinals as a free agent, most recently with the Atlanta Braves. Last season Herr played for Greenville (AA) of the Southern League where he hit .272 with seven home runs and 32 RBI's in 94 games.
In addition to the signing of Herr on Thursday, the Cardinals also activated outfielder Rick Ankiel. A former second-round pick, Ankiel has hit .207 with two home runs in 87 Major League at-bats, with a .258 on-base percentage and a .310 slugging percentage. In the minors, he has a career .279 batting average with 12 home runs and 45 RBI's.
The Cardinals also made several roster changes Wednesday, adding a new pitcher and catcher to the team. Pitcher Rich Scalamandre was transferred from Palm Beach (A) where he held a 1.23 ERA with one save in 7.1 innings pitched. Springfield also signed free-agent catcher Robinson Cancel, who spent last season in the Devil Rays organization. Entering his twelfth season of professional baseball, Cancel has appeared in 15 major league games throughout his career.
In order to make room for the roster changes that occurred on Thursday, the Cardinals transferred pitcher Nate Cotton to Palm Beach (A) and released infielder Bo Robinson. On Wednesday, the Cardinals transferred catcher Jason Motte and pitcher Shane Wallace to Palm Beach.