Memphis Sets Playoff Roster

To prepare for their playoff run that begins in Albuquerque on Wednesday night, the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds announced three transactions on Tuesday.

The Pacific Coast League club placed designated injured player and sometimes left-handed pitcher Ian Ostlund on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to Monday, September 7. Wednesday's starting pitcher, left-hander Jaime Garcia, was activated from the club's temporarily inactive list. Finally, third baseman Donovan Solano was returned to Memphis from Double-A Springfield Cardinals.

Ostlund is clearly the man on Memphis' roster bump, ready to be DLed then reactivated at a moment's notice. The 30-year-old, in his first season in the Cardinals organization, is hitting the disabled list for the fifth time this season. He was most recently activated on August 26 after recovering from an undisclosed injury.

Ostlund most recently pitched a scoreless inning in Sunday's game. On the season, the lefty has a 5.85 ERA and opponents are batting .298 against him in 52 1/3 innings over 23 appearances.

In a nifty procedural manuever, following Garcia's final regular season start last Thursday, he was placed on the temporarily inactive list. That made roster room for spot-starter Lance Lynn to called up from Double-A, giving the Redbirds an extra starter to get through a weekend double-header. The strategy worked as Lynn gave Memphis a win before returning to Springfield.

Garcia, 23, yielded just one earned run in five innings of work Thursday night, his fourth start since returning to Triple-A. Garcia had missed the entire 2009 season due to recovery from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery before beginning his rehab game work in late July.

Since arriving back with Memphis, Garcia has pitched well, posting a 3.86 ERA over 21 innings. He has struck out 22 and walked nine.

Solano, 21, knows the way to Memphis well as this will be his third stop there this season. The infielder began the year with Springfield and has been shuttled back and forth between the two affiliates three times now. Solano was most recently returned to Double-A in late July.

Oddly, Solano's Triple-A line of .317/.364/.360 was far superior to his Texas League marks of .207/.271/.255. The Colombian native has been in the Cardinals system since signing as an undrafted free agent in January, 2005.



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