Four More Springfield Cardinals Moves

The St. Louis Cardinals Double-A affiliate had to replace Shaun Garceau in the rotation and moved out an infielder to make room for Aaron Miles.

5-12 over their last 17 games and rapidly losing ground in the standings, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals needed a jolt. The Texas League club received it during their day off on Wednesday via a series of player moves.

On Wednesday night, I reported that right-handed pitcher Jason Buursma had been promoted from Palm Beach to join the Cardinals bullpen. At that time, the corresponding move was unknown.

It turns out there are two.

Right-handed strarter Shaun Garceau has been placed on the temporary inactive list. The specific reason was not announced, but it is usually used for off-field issues. After missing the final three months of 2009 while on the suspended list, the former 20th round pick in 2005 came back with a strong 2010 spring training camp.

Garceau made Springfield's rotation to start the season, but has struggled mightily since. Overall, the 22-year-old has an 0-6 record with a 5.45 ERA in seven starts. He has struck out 25 and walked 19 in 33 innings.

On May 5th, Garceau walked nine batters in five innings but escaped somehow, allowing just two runs on two hits. Then on May 10th he was truly dreadful, yielding nine runs in one inning plus. Over his last two outings: 6 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 9 BB, 4 SO, 12.00 ERA, 3.33 WHIP, .393 BAA, 6.37 FIP.

The second resulting move is the promotion of Ryan Kulik into the Cardinals rotation. The 24-year-old left-hander joined the Cardinals in the eighth round of the 2008 draft. He spent most of 2009 with Springfield, making 23 starts in 24 appearances. Kulik posted a 6-10 record with a 5.40 ERA last year. He fanned 54 and walked 43 in 135 Texas League innings.

Here in 2010, working exclusively out of the bullpen, Kulik has a 1-1 record with a 3.80 ERA. He has struck out 16 and walked eight in 21 1/3 innings over ten games. Kulik isn't exactly on a roll, however, having allowed runs in four of his last five relief outings. He will take the mound for the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon versus Northwest Arkansas.

As expected, infielder Aaron Miles was activated after having been playing in extended spring training camp in Jupiter, Florida since signing a minor league deal of April 27. The 33-year-old needs to prove his readiness before returning to the major leagues. Springfield offers the first official stop.

The resulting transaction is the assignment of infielder Colt Sedbrook to extended spring training camp. In 91 Texas League at-bats over 28 games in 2010, the 24-year-old posted a line of 165/.303/.220 and was hitless in seven of his last eight appearances since May 1.

The right-handed hitter also planed in 55 games for Springfield last season after his promotion from Palm Beach. Sedbrook was originally taken in the 22nd round of the 2008 draft.



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