Outfielder Brian Buck was given his unconditional release by the Cardinals organization and was replaced on the River Bandits roster by outfielder Frederick Parejo, promoted from Extended Spring Training camp in Jupiter, Florida.
Left-handed pitcher George Brown was sent back to EST and was placed on the Batavia roster. His replacement is a former Quad Cities pitcher, right-hander Josh Wilson (pictured), who was pitching in EST.
Wilson, a former second-round pick of the Cardinals in 2005, abruptly retired last summer after a series of injuries, leaving the Quad Cities club in July. The 22-year-old's first official 2009 appearance will be on Friday as the Bandits' scheduled piggyback starter following Jonny Bravo.
Buck, 23, was the Cardinals' 27th-round pick in the 2007 draft. The right-handed hitter struggled mightily with the bat with Quad Cities, going just 5-for-50 (.100), all singles.
The 18-year-old Parejo (pictured) was a sparkplug on the 2008 New York-Penn League Batavia Muckdogs, for whom he posted a .278/.328/.330 line last summer. The native of Venezuela turns 19 on July 5.
Brown, 22, appeared in eight games including three starts for the River Bandits this season, posting an ERA of 6.16. The left-hander struck out 14 but walked ten in 19 innings.
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