Another Cardinals minors on the move Monday

A series of minor league player moves are occurring Monday across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

It is again Monday. That means the St. Louis Cardinals are shuffling minor league personnel. This post will be updated throughout the day as transaction information is released by the various clubs.

The initial group of transactions on Monday morning includes these three.

Catchers

Travis Tartamella from Springfield to Memphis
Juan Castillo from Palm Beach to Springfield

Pitcher

Chris Corrigan from Springfield to Palm Beach

Tartamella, 25, will be making his Triple-A debut. The catcher has appeared in six games for Springfield with a single and a double in 18 at-bats (.111 average).

Castillo, 23, is joining Springfield for the first time. The Dominican native is 5-for-16 (.313) with three RBI in five games with Palm Beach.

Corrigan, 25, opened the season on the Double-A disabled list. The right-handed starter appeared in four games in relief for Springfield in 2012 and threw a perfect game for Palm Beach last August 30.

Open questions include:
Who is Tartamella replacing on the Redbirds roster? My guess it is J.R. Towles, who was removed from Sunday's game. He walked in the bottom of the third and came out in favor of Rob Johnson to start the fourth inning.

Who will replace Castillo at Palm Beach? With Jonathan Keener on the disabled list, Cody Stanley is the only backstop on the Palm Beach active roster. Since Keener went on the DL one week ago, he is eligible for activation if healthy.

Who is Corrigan bumping off Palm Beach's active roster? He is following the path of teammate Scott Gorgen, who was activated off the Springfield DL on Sunday and transferred down to Palm Beach, likely where he was rehabbing. Now, it is Corrigan's turn.

Monday 11 A.M.

As I suspected, the Redbirds officially placed Towles on the seven-day disabled list. I will share information about the nature of his injury when it becomes available.

Though Towles is just 5-for-23 (.217) at the plate this season, three of his hits went for extra bases (two home runs and a double), so his OPS is a strong .879.

Monday 1:30 PM

Palm Beach announced two additional transactions.

James Ramsey to Palm Beach seven-day disabled list
Adam Ehrlich transferred from Extended Spring Training to Palm Beach

Less than a week after being named the Florida State League Player of the Week, one source had outfielder James Ramsey ready for promotion to Springfield Monday. The 23-year-old was removed from Saturday night's Palm Beach Cardinals game with the score 3-0 in the seventh inning but instead of packing his bags, he was placed on the DL retroactive to Sunday. The injury is a minor hamstring strain that is expected to be healed within the week.

Having joined Palm Beach after being drafted in the first round last June, 23rd overall, Ramsey was returned to the Florida State League to open 2013. In 16 games there this season, the left-handed hitter has a line of .357/.486/.554. The centerfielder has four doubles, two doubles, a home run, six RBI and 16 runs scored. Ramsey's strikeout to walk ratio is 11:11.

Ehrlich makes his second move onto Palm Beach's roster this month. The 20-year-old did not appear in any games during his brief initial stay with Palm Beach from April 9-11.

It seems that Palm Beach will go with one more pitcher in Corrigan and one less position player in Ramsey, at least for now. With all four full-season rosters at 25, this may be the extent of Monday's moves.



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