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The St. Louis Cardinals have made a couple of major roster moves that could impact the big club for the rest of the season. These roster moves have caused a domino effect throughout the system. First lets look at the move that happened on Thursday affecting the Cardinals bullpen, then we will get to the domino effect of catchers.
Carlos Martinez recalled from Memphis, Michael Blazek optioned to Memphis
This will be Martinez’s second stint with the Cardinals. Martinez was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 7 games in his first stint. At Memphis, Martinez was 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in 41 innings. Martinez was sent to Memphis originally to be stretched out as a starter. My guess is Martinez will be the Cardinals’ 5th starter when they need one in late July. He will also be a fresh arm in the bullpen until the time is needed for him to start.
To make room for Martinez, the Cardinals optioned Michael Blazek to Memphis. Blazek was on his second stint with the Cardinals (he never appeared in the first one), and was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 4 appearances. His last appearance, on July 9th, was his roughest. He allowed all three of his total earned runs.
Rob Johnson promoted to St. Louis
On Tuesday the Cardinals announced that they purchased the contract of catcher Rob Johnson from the Memphis Redbirds. Johnson was hitting .236 with 7 home runs and 36 runs batted in prior to the promotion. Johnson was serving as a mentor to all of the young pitchers at Memphis this season, but with the injury and day-to-day status of Yadier Molina, the Cards wanted a third catcher. Johnson has 701 major league at-bats, most with Seattle, and had 58 at-bats with the New York Mets last season.
Audry Perez promoted to Memphis
To fill the hole at catcher, Memphis gets Audry Perez from Springfield. Perez was recently named the Texas League Player of the Week and is rebounding from a rough start to the season. Perez was hitting .209 with 6 home runs and 26 runs batted in for Springfield. Perez may have been called up earlier this season had he not struggled so much.
Casey Rasmus promoted to Springfield
To fill the catcher spot that was vacated by Perez, Casey Rasmus was promoted to Double-A Springfield. Rasmus started the season at Low-A Peoria before his call up to High-A Palm Beach. He is having a very solid season and is hitting .301 with 7 stolen bases combined between the two levels.
Jesus Montero promoted to Palm Beach
Montero has been moved around a lot this season. Montero began the season at extended spring training before getting promoted to Palm Beach on April 28th. He then went to Peoria on June 5th and back to Palm Beach on Tuesday. Montero is hitting .217 with 2 home runs and 10 runs batted in this season, stats combined.
Jonathan Keener to Peoria, Dante Rosenberg signed
To fill the Montero spot at Peoria, Jonathan Keener was sent to Peoria from the Cardinals Rookie level team at Johnson City. Like Montero, Keener began the season at extended spring training on rehab. He then filled in at Palm Beach for a day before opening the Johnson City season in late June. Keener is 5-for-30 on the season.
The Cardinals also signed Dante Rosenberg earlier this week. Rosenberg was an undrafted catcher from the University of South Carolina. Rosenberg is the son of former Chicago White Sox player Steve Rosenberg and was at Palm Beach Community College prior to South Carolina. Rosenberg was assigned to the State College Spikes of the Short-Season New York – Penn League.
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