Cardinals Sunday Minor League Moves

The St. Louis Cardinals made three moves Sunday in their minor league system, but not the replacement for outfielder Ryan Ludwick at Memphis.

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals made several roster moves at the mid levels of their system, but have deferred making any decision on a replacement for outfielder Ryan Ludwick, who was promoted from Memphis (Triple-A) to the Cardinals.

Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch explained. "(Memphis manager) Chris Maloney said he was ‘fine' with his roster as-is. So, we are not considering an imminent move for Ludwick."

Cody Haerther update
As a result of a wrist injury, rehabbing outfielder Cody Haerther has been at Extended Spring Training the last month. He is making enough progress that he was able to participate in game action in Florida on Saturday.

It would seem the organization is hoping Haerther's recovery will continue such that he can join a full-season club, filling Ludwick's opening directly or more likely indirectly. Haerther is currently on Springfield's DL.

Brian Stitt to Springfield DL
In other moves in the system, reliever Brian Stitt reported soreness in his right, pitching elbow and as a result, was placed on the Springfield Cardinals' disabled list Sunday.

In 2007, the 24-year-old posted a 4.67 ERA, striking out 11 and walking four in 17 1/3 innings for the Double-A Cardinals. Stitt had been signed as a free agent by the Cardinals in April, 2006 and split last season between Quad Cities and Palm Beach.

Nick Webber from Palm Beach to Springfield
Nick Webber was called up from Palm Beach to Springfield to fill Stitt's pen spot and Fernando Salas was added to Palm Beach's roster from Extended Spring Training.

Webber, the Cardinals' second-round selection in the 2005 draft, was converted to relief this spring after starting 26 games at Palm Beach in 2006. This season, the 23-year-old fanned 11 in 11 2/3 innings out of Palm Beach's pen, but also walked seven. His ERA was 4.63 and he held opposing hitters to a .209 batting average.

Fernando Salas from Extended Spring Training to Palm Beach
In Extended Spring Training, Salas fanned seven in seven innings, walking four, allowing two runs for a 2.57 ERA. The Cardinals had purchased the contract of the 21-year-old right-hander from Saltilla of the Mexican League this February.

Vuch explained the reason for Salas' apparent slow start this season. "Early on, Salas had a little bit of a sore shoulder, I believe it was. Not anything serious. It was one of those precautionary kinds of things, where we didn't want to rush him into action. Part of it was that he had been in Spring Training with his Mexican League team and then there was a gap in time when he joined us. There was about a two-week period where he hadn't pitched a whole lot with his Mexican League team, so that kind of slowed him down a bit. Then, he was building back up. That time he missed set him back in terms of game conditioning, but now he is ready to go."

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