Cardinals make room for Adams and Chambers

St. Louis made five minor league transactions on Saturday at the two top two levels of its system.

The St. Louis Cardinals executed a series of five player moves across its minor league system on Saturday. The first dominoes to fall were the return of first baseman Matt Adams and outfielder Adron Chambers to Memphis from St. Louis.

That meant the Triple-A Redbirds were two players over the 25-man roster limit. The two leaving were recently-acquired minor league first basemen, added to help fill the gap indirectly created by all the injuries in St. Louis.

Aaron Bates has been released while Jamie Romak was reassigned to Double-A Springfield. Romak was acquired via trade on May 17 while Bates was signed as a free agent on May 22.

Bates, 28, just didn't cut it with the bat for Memphis. The right-handed hitter's line was just .164/.207/.218 in 55 at-bats over 21 games. Bates drove in just one run and struck out 17 times against three walks.

Romak, acquired from Kansas City, had numbers that were Tony Gwynn-like compared to Bates. The 26-year-old's Redbirds line was .277/.325/.366. The right-handed hitter drove in 12 in 112 at-bats over 31 Pacific Coast League contests. Romak had spent part of 2010 and all of last season with Northwest Arkansas and will now be opposing them as a member of Springfield.

The Double-A Cardinals are also welcoming back an old friend, right-handed pitcher Scott McGregor. Still just eight innings into his comeback from Tommy John surgery, McGregor is moving up from Palm Beach. The 25-year-old spent the second half of 2010 in the Texas League, where he posted a 3.46 ERA. McGregor was the organzation's 15th-round selection in the 2008 draft.

To make room for McGregor, Springfield returned infielder Vance Albitz to Palm Beach. The 24-year-old was 0-for-7 in his Double-A debut, but added three walks. Albitz had been called up on June 12.

Romak takes the place of outfielder Kyle Conley on Springfield's active roster. Conley has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 21 with plantar fasciitis. The 25-year-old has nine home runs and 30 RBI in 159 at-bats in 51 games in 2012, but a disappointing line of .226/.303/.357 in his fourth professional season.

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