Cards transaction Saturday hits four levels

Nine St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers are involved in moves at all four levels on Saturday.

For every transaction, there is an equal and opposite transaction. OK, that isn't exactly Newton's Third Law, but it does apply well to baseball.

With right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs sent down to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, the club needed to make a roster move to accommodate him. They did that and more.

The Redbirds actually had to move out two players, as reliever Eduardo Sanchez was activated off the club's seven-day disabled list. To make room for the two relievers, two others were sent down to Double-A Springfield. They are left-hander Nick Greenwood and right-hander Keith Butler.

Springfield was down one player when Carlos Martinez was promoted to St. Louis on Friday. The Texas League club needs to reduce another player, not yet announced. Newton will catch up with the Double-A roster soon.

A-Advanced Palm Beach was not exempt from the Saturday moves, activating catcher Cody Stanley from the disabled list. Pitcher Chris Corrigan was placed on the seven-day disabled list, retroactive to May 1.

At Class-A Peoria, the Chiefs activated two players from the DL, infielder Ildemaro Vargas and outfielder Michael Swinson. Two outfielders left the active roster. C.J. McElroy went onto the DL, retroactive to May 1 and outfielder Steven Ramos was returned to extended spring training camp.

Sanchez, 24, was placed on Memphis' seven-day disabled list on April 14 due to a forearm strain. Prior to the injury, the right-hander threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings over four Redbirds games this season.

Greenwood, 25, has not pitched in Double-A since 2011. This season, the left-hander has allowed eight earned runs in 12 innings for a 6.00 ERA. He has six walks and six strikeouts. After three scoreless appearances, Greenwood yielded two runs in three innings at Albuquerque.

Butler, 24, just joined Memphis for the first time on April 14, called up from Springfield. After five scoreless outings, the right-hander yielded six runs in his last two appearances, both at Albuquerque.

Stanley, 24, went onto the DL on April 28 after a home plate collision the previous evening. In 60 at-bats over 16 games, the catcher's line is .250/.288/.383/.671. The left-handed hitter has one home run and 11 RBI in 2013.

Corrigan opened the season on Springfield's disabled list. The right-handed starter was activated and sent down to Palm Beach on April 22. The 25-year-old made one relief appearance and one start, totaling seven Florida State League innings. Corrigan allowed four runs.

Swinson, 23, went onto the DL on April 26 with a strained hamstring. The left-handed batter has played in 15 Midwest League games with a line of .267/.323/.383/.706 over 60 at-bats.

Vargas, 21, also suffered a hamstring strain and was disabled on April 20. In 11 games this season, the right-handed hitter is batting .211 with two doubles, one triple and two RBI. He has drawn two walks and scored eight runs.

McElroy, 19, was just promoted to the Midwest League from extended spring training camp on April 25. In 17 at-bats over four games, the right-handed hitter had four singles for a .235 average. His OBP is .316. McElroy's toe injury is not considered serious.

Ramos, 22, just arrived at Peoria from EST on April 29. The right-handed hitter went 1-for-14, .071, with one RBI. Ramos drew one walk and struck out six times.

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