Cardinals Shift Six at Four Levels

Two injured starters in St. Louis drive moves up and down the Cardinals system.

The dominoes begin to fall as the impact of the injuries to Brad Penny and Kyle Lohse are being felt across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Six moves were announced on Thursday.

 

  • RHSP Kyle Lohse onto St. Louis' 15-day disabled list.
  • RHR Fernando Salas' contract purchased by St. Louis from Memphis.
  • LHS Ryan Kulik promoted from Springfield to Memphis.
  • RHS Brian Broderick promoted from Palm Beach to Springfield.
  • RHP Kyle Mura activated from Springfield disabled list.
  • RHS Scott Gorgen onto Springfield disabled list retroactive to May 24.

 

Lohse will require surgery on his forearm to deal with a nerve compression problem that has plagued him for two seasons. The procedure is scheduled Friday. He may be out less than two months or it could be longer.

 

Update: The Cardinals announced the move is retroactive to May 23 and the official injury is exertional compartment syndrome in his right forearm. Lohse will undergo fascial release surgery in Los Angeles with Dr. Steven Shin.

 

The Cardinals are expected to add starter Adam Ottavino to take the ball on Saturday in Chicago and FOX Sports Midwest's Jim Hayes reports Ottavino has joined the Cardinals in San Diego. The necessary corresponding roster move is unclear at this time, though it is possible Joe Mather will be optioned to Memphis when Ottavino is activated.

 

Salas, 24, has been added to the Cardinals 40-man roster as its 38th member and will be making his major league debut. The native of Mexico has been pitching especially well as of late, having not allowed a run in his last 10 1/3 innings of work. Salas is tied for fifth in the Pacific Coast League in appearances with 16. He is third in the circuit with seven saves and sports a 19:4 strikeout to walk ratio and a 3.38 ERA. Salas is a veteran of international competition, including this year's Caribbean Series.

 

Kulik was not in Springfield's rotation to begin the season, but moved into it when Shaun Garceau was placed on the temporary inactive list two weeks ago. Kulik has won all three of his Texas League starts this season and has an 11:2 strikeout to walk ratio in 16 innings. With two earned runs allowed, that works out to an ERA of 0.56 as a starter. His overall ERA is 2.41 in 37 1/3 innings.

 

Springfield activated right-hander Kyle Mura from the seven-day disabled list. Mura will be making his 2010 debut after having been rehabbing at the Cardinals' Jupiter, Florida complex. The 25-year-old is returning from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery last June.

 

With A-Advanced Palm Beach prior to his return to Double-A Springfield, Broderick has a 3-5 record with a 5.47 ERA this season, The 23-year-old right-hander also appeared in seven games for Springfield in 2009, when he posted a 0-5, 5.90 ERA mark.

 

The subsequent addition to Palm Beach's roster to replace Broderick has not yet been announced.

 

Update – the seventh move: Left-hander Tyler Norrick, on Memphis' DL retroactive to April 30 with a shoulder injury, has been activated and reassigned to Palm Beach. The 26-year-old left-hander has not pitched in game action since April 25. Overall, Norrick has yielded ten runs in ten innings for a tidy, but unsightly 9.00 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio was an equally symmetric 11:11.

 

 

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