Scott Gorgen Promoted to Double-A

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league system saw a flurry of moves Thursday with the highlight being Scott Gorgen's first shot at Double-A.

The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted 2008 fourth-round pick Scott Gorgen to Double-A Springfield.  The right-hander had been impressive for Palm Beach since returning from a shoulder injury that delayed the start of his season.  In 74 innings, he has posted a 2.92 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 32 walks.  He had held the circuit to a .192 average.  Over his last 10 starts, he has posted a miniscule 1.92 ERA while striking out 62.


In corresponding moves, first baseman/outfielder Andrew Brown and reliever Fernando Salas will be returning to Double-A.  Brown started slowly this season at Springfield but was beginning to heat up before injuring his hand.  Before the injury, the 24-year-old had hit safely in nine of his last ten games, including seven multi-hit efforts. His line on the season was.329/.366/.447 before going on the disabled list in mid-May. 


Salas returns to the level in which he saw him become a breakout prospect in 2008.  The 24-year-old began the season on the Memphis disabled list with a finger injury sustained over the off-season and was again placed on the injury list between the dates of May 31 and June 1. The former Texas League All-Star made 11 relief appearances posting a 2-1 record and 6.17 ERA while pitching this season at Triple-A. Most recently, he has been on a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League.


In a corresponding move, Brad Furnish has been demoted to Palm Beach.  The 24-year-old has been right dreadful of late, allowing 24 earned runs in his last 14.1 innings.  Control has been key, as he has walked more than a batter an inning during that span.



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