Cardinals Drop Two and Disable Another

Two minor league pitchers are released and a first baseman returns to the disabled list.

In the midst of the St. Louis Cardinals' organizational moves for the final month of the minor league season (covered here: Part One and Part Two) three transactions went unannounced and unnoticed by many.  The Cardinals released right-handed pitchers Jose Arredondo and Omar Javier from the roster of the Gulf Coast League Cardinals and the Palm Beach Cardinals placed first baseman Matt Arburr back onto the seven-day disabled list.


Arredondo, 21, was a June 13, 2006 international signing by the St. Louis Cardinals out of San Padre de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  He was assigned to the DSL Cardinals to begin his professional career where he made 13 appearances (eight starts) posting a 4-1 record and 1.80 ERA. The 6-foot-1 166-pounder allowed 37 hits, 17 runs (ten earned), one home run, 22 walks, and struck out 48 over 50 innings including a complete game shut out that season.


Arredondo was promoted the following season to Short-Season Rookie-Level Johnson City. While in the Appalachian League he compiled a 5-5 record and 3.04 ERA giving up 44 hits, 27 runs (19 earned), four home runs, 14 walks, and striking out 41 over 56.1 innings.


Arredondo spent the entire 2008 season on the Johnson City Cardinals' 60-day disabled list and was activated for a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in late July 2009.  He made two relief appearances allowing two hits, no runs, and struck out one over two innings.


Javier, 21, was a July 17, 2005 international signing by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  He was assigned to the DSL Cardinals in 2006 where he posted a 3-4 record, 3.62 ERA, and two saves in 15 appearances (seven starts).  Javier was jumped over the rookie-level GCL Cardinals to the Johnson City Cardinals in 2007. 


He spent his 2007 and 2008 campaign with the Appalachian League team and posted an 0-10 record, 6.77 ERA, and one save.  The 6-foot-3 165-pounder gave up a total of 84 hits, 62 runs (52 earned), six home runs, 39 walks, and struck out 40 over 69.1 innings (19 games/11 starts).


In 2009, Javier was sent down to the Gulf Coast League where he made seven appearances (five starts) posting an 0-3 record and 7.40 ERA.  He allowed 40 hits, 23 runs (20 earned), four walks, and struck out 16 over 24.1 innings.


Arburr, 23, is making another trip to the disabled list where he began the 2009 season with a knee injury.  The Cardinals' 2007 17th round (532nd overall) selection just returned from a short stint with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals in early July. 


After being activated at the beginning of May, Arburr was promoted to Springfield within a couple weeks when Mark Hamitlon went on the disabled list.  He played in 28 games going 15-for-77 (.195) with two doubles, six home runs, 15 RBIs, seven walks, eight runs, and 38 strikeouts.


He last played on July 28 and has put up a .179 (14-for-78) batting average with two doubles, five home runs, nine RBIs, eight walks, ten runs, and 41 strikeouts.  He also earned Florida State League Player of the Week recognition on May 25, 2009.



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