Springfield tunes Texas League playoff roster

The Springfield Cardinals have made two additions to and two subtractions from their active roster as the club prepares for their semi-final Texas League playoff opener Wednesday night.

The Springfield Cardinals have made two additions to and two subtractions from their active roster as the club prepares for their semi-final Texas League playoff opener Wednesday night.

The Double-A club received infielder Vance Albitz back from Memphis and activated outfielder Ray Kruml from the disabled list. Infielder Neal Pritchard and reliever Chase Reid have been returned to Palm Beach. The A-Advanced Cardinals' season ended Monday.

More details on each move, in hot news form, follows.

Memphis IF Vance Albitz: Work undone

With the completion of Triple-A Memphis' season, the St. Louis Cardinals have returned infielder Vance Albitz to Double-A Springfield. The 24-year-old had been moved up on August 22 when Jose Garcia was injured.

After spending the first half of the 2012 season with A-Advanced Palm Beach, Albitz struggled with the bat in the Texas League, going 6-for-55 (.109) in 25 games for the S-Cards. However, his results were much better in Triple-A, where his line was .295/.380/.409 in 13 Pacific Coast League contests.

Albitz' return bumps infielder Neal Pritchard off Springfield's playoff roster.

Springfield IF Neal Pritchard: Tuning change

As the Springfield Cardinals prepare for the Texas League post-season, they say goodbye to reserve infielder Neal Pritchard. The 23-year-old appeared in just five Double-A games after his promotion from Palm Beach on August 22. That was the same day Vance Albitz was moved up to Memphis. Now, the transactions are reversed, with Pritchard returning to Palm Beach's roster.

With Springfield, Pritchard went 2-for-12 (.167) with a home run and three RBI.

Kruml
Springfield OF Ray Kruml: Ready for the big stage

In preparation for the Texas League playoffs, the Springfield Cardinals are activating outfielder Ray Kruml from the seven-day disabled list. The 27-year-old, signed as a minor league free agent on August 5, was out with a sprained ankle.

With Springfield, the left-handed batter has really struggled. Kruml has a line of .161/.229/.194 in 31 at-bats over 16 Texas League contests.

Pitcher Chase Reid was returned to Palm Beach to make roster room for Kruml.

Springfield P Chase Reid: No playoff plans

Between the Springfield Cardinals' regular season and post-season, the St. Louis Cardinals transferred reliever Chase Reid back down to A-Advanced Palm Beach. They added outfielder Ray Kruml instead.

Reid, 24, was called up on July 30 and previously spent a month and a half at Double-A in 2011. This time with Springfield, the right-hander threw 18 2/3 innings over eight games. His ERA was 5.79 as he allowed 12 earned runs, including a whopping five long balls. Reid was charged with multiple runs in four of his most recent five Springfield appearances.



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