Cardinals minors Tuesday transaction trio

The St. Louis Cardinals shifted three minor league players on Tuesday, from Triple-A to extended spring training.

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals began a series of moves in their system resulting from the activation of David Freese. The third baseman had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis before being activated and starting for St. Louis during their Monday home opener.

Infielder Ryan Jackson was optioned out to the Redbirds, but was not activated until Tuesday. To keep the Triple-A roster at 25 players, infielder Vance Albitz was shifted from Memphis to Springfield.

The Double-A Cardinals placed infielder Luis Mateo on the seven-day disabled list to make room for Albitz.

In a third new move, the A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals added catcher Adam Ehrlich from extended spring training. He takes the roster spot of Geoff Klein, re-assigned to Peoria on Monday.

Albitz made the most of his brief Pacific Coast League assignment. The 25-year-old recorded two doubles in the seven-run eighth inning of Monday night's game. Albitz became the first Redbird to record two hits in the same inning since Mark Hamilton did it last June 30.

Overall, Albitz went 4-for-10 (.400), scored three and drove in three. The right-handed hitter also had a 13-game fill-in stint with Memphis last season.

Mateo was what initially appeared to be an aggressive promotion this spring. The 22-year-old made the leap from the Class-A Midwest League in 2012. However, the Puerto Rican native did spend much of 2011 with A-Advanced Palm Beach.

In his Double-A debut of four games, Mateo batted just .154 (2-for-13), with a single and a double. The right-handed hitter drew a walk, scored once and struck out twice. The nature of his injury was not immediately announced.

Ehrlich, 21, is The Cardinal Nation's 34th-ranked prospect coming into this season. The left-handed batter split his 2012 between the Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League, logging a line of .329/.404/.409.

After a brief stint in major league camp this spring, Ehrlich moved over to minor league camp, where he hit very well. In fact, Ehrlich had one of the highest Florida batting averages in the organization at .464 (13-for-28).



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