Perez Activated on His 21st Birthday

The St. Louis Cardinals continued to make roster moves into the weekend, activating RHP Chris Perez and transferring SS Tyler Greene to the Quad Cities roster, the Swing of the Quad Cities announced Saturday. In order to make room, OF Simon Williams has been released by the organization and SS Luis Cotto has been placed on the Disabled List.

Chris Perez, a righthanded pitcher that is celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday, has been with the Swing in South Bend since Thursday after being selected by the Cardinals in the supplemental first round (42nd overall) of this year's draft out of the University of Miami. He was 4-1 in 2006 while ranking third in the ACC with a 1.79 ERA and fourth in the conference with 12 saves as the Hurricanes' closer. Opponents hit just .177 against Perez in his final year at Miami, as the Florida native struck out 67 in 55.1 innings of work. Perez went 9-2 in his college career, fanning 149 in 119.2 innings over 72 appearances (five starts).

Greene, a first round pick by the Cardinals in 2005, was selected 30th overall out of Georgia Tech. The 22-year-old shortstop was hitting .224 with five home runs and 19 RBI this season for the Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A – Florida State League), striking out 90 times in 71 games. The highly touted prospect skipped over the Midwest League during his 2005 pro debut, playing 35 games with the New Jersey Cardinals (Short Season-A – New York-Penn League) before finishing the year with a .271 batting average in 20 games with Palm Beach. Greene is ranked as the third best prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization by Baseball America, checking in behind RHP Anthony Reyes and CF Colby Rasmus.

Williams, a 23-year-old native of Portland, Maine, was released after hitting .123 with 30 strikeouts in 65 at-bats through 24 games with Quad Cities this year. Originally an 11th round pick in 2004, the University of Maine product hit .287 in 2005 with the Swing but struggled in 2006 after starting the season batting .154 with Palm Beach.

Cotto has been placed on the DL backdated to June 24, as he has not seen action since straining a muscle on the right side of his chest during pre-game warm-ups on June 23. Since being signed by the Cardinals as a free agent on May 1 and assigned to Quad Cities on the same day, the 24-year-old shortstop from Puerto Rico has hit .264 in 39 games while helping to shore up the Swing infield defense.

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