As early as tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals could see the 2002nd player in franchise history make his debut, as the team has purchased the contract of Tommy Edman from Memphis (AAA) and recalled the infielder to the active roster.
The move was necessitated by placing infielder Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day injured list with a strained lower back. Gyorko was 0-2 in his start yesterday at third base and came out of the game as part of a double-switch, pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the top of the 5th inning.
In 49 games at Memphis this season, Edman was hitting a team-leading .305 (60-197) with 7 home runs and 29 runs batted in. He had also successfully stolen all nine bases attempted and has 71 overall in his minor league career.
The 24-year old Edman has moved around defensively this season, playing second base (25 games), shortstop (10), third base (9) and center field (2). Tommy was CO-MVP of the PCL playoffs last season after starting every game for Memphis and hitting .432 (16-for-37 in nine games, including two three-hit performances as they won the Triple-A National Championship.
To make room for Edman on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals designated pitcher Merandy Gonzalez for assignment. Acquired off waivers from San Francisco the end of March, Gonzalez was 2-2 with four saves in 23 games between Springfield (AA) and Palm Beach (A).
Edman has been assigned uniform number 19.
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