Pitching Shuffle in Springfield

Continuing the trend of roster shuffling, the Springfield Cardinals dropped two pitchers on Wednesday while moving up two others from Palm Beach.

On Wednesday, Springfield pitcher Adam Daniels was loaned to the Mexican League while Bob Zimmermann was released. To fill the vacated roster spots, Palm Beach's Jon Mikrut and Kyle Sadlowski were promoted.

Daniels was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 15th round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft out of Oklahoma State. The 25-year-old finished 2007 with Springfield and that is where he broke camp in 2008. Though he began the season in the rotation, of late Daniels had been relegated to the bullpen. On the season, he was 0-1 with a 6.45 ERA in seven games, four of which were starts. The former Cowboy will join Trey Hearne, who the Cardinals loaned to the Mexican League before the start of this season.

The 26-year-old Zimmermann was originally drafted out of Missouri State by the then Anaheim Angels. A minor league free agent, Zimmermann signed a contract with the Cardinals in February of 2008. The former Bear returned to his college home in Springfield when Matt Scherer started the year on the disabled list. Though he posted a 3-1 record, Zimmerman had an ERA of 5.53. In his last two appearances, he allowed eight runs in two innings of relief.

As reported earlier in the day here at The Birdhouse, Jon Mikrut is returning to Springfield. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern University, Mikrut struggled in his first go-round at Double-A, posting an ERA of 11.57 in seven innings of relief. After being sent down to Palm Beach, Mikrut was dominant, registering an anemic ERA of 0.55 while logging five saves in 16.1 innings.

Along with Mikrut, Kyle Sadlowski has traveled north to join the Springfield team. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 34th round of the 2005 draft out of Kutztown University. Serving as a tandem starter for Palm Beach this season, he posted a 3.89 ERA in 11 games including five starts. He won three games while recording only one loss to go along with two saves. As a starter, Sadlowski posted an ERA of 5.09 while his earned run average shrinks to 2.41 when he works out of the bullpen.

As reported by The Birdhouse earlier on Wednesday, Davis Bilardello was assigned to Palm Beach from extended spring training.

Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at dustin@whiteyball.com.

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