Ravelo Set for Debut

The St. Louis Cardinals could soon have their sixth player make his Major League debut this season as the team has announced the contract purchase of Rangel Ravelo from Memphis (AAA) as Yairo Munoz has been placed on the paternity list.

“He’s done everything you need to do and more to have an opportunity in the big leagues,” Shildt said. “He’s been good with us the last couple of years and good to see him get that opportunity with Yairo going on paternity leave and be back in about three days. See if we can get him in the game tonight.”

“After being in the minors nine years, it feels great,” Ravelo said through a team translator. “I got yesterday to the ballpark on Father’s Day and they gave me that news. It’s pretty much one of the best Father’s Day gifts I could ever imagine.”

The 27-year old Ravelo has appeared in 838 career games in the minors, including time in the Oakland A’s and Chicago White Sox organizations. In his twelve games this month, Ravelo was batting .489 (22-for-45) and overall hit .333 (73-for-219) with 9 HR’s and 42 RBI in 63 games for Memphis.

To make room for Ravelo on the team’s 40-man Major League roster, the Cardinals transferred right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) from the 10-day Injured List to the 60-day Injured List.

“Michael’s in a good spot,” Shildt said. “He threw another bullpen today and he’s going to throw another one on Thursday and he’ll go up and down on Thursday. Based on what that looks like, we’ll create a sim game for him either here or potentially in Florida.”

A native of Havana, Cuba, Ravelo has played 26 games in left field and 20 at first base this season. He has been issued uniform number 47.

GYORKO AND WAINWRIGHT RETURNING SOON

–Infielder Jedd Gyorko (lower back strain) did some pregame work today and Shildt said it is a “strong possibility” he could be activated from the 10-day IL tomorrow.

Pitcher Adam Wainwright (left hamstring strain) threw a “very favorable” bullpen today and is “on track” to starting soon per Shildt. That could come as early as this Friday, when Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels open a weekend series in St. Louis.

Right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon will get the start on Wednesday.

MOLINA SLIPS TO FIFTH PLACE

–MLB has released the latest All-Star ballot update and Yadier Molina has dropped back two spots into fifth place among National League catchers. Molina (375,690) now trails Yasmani Grandal (513,412) and JT Realmuto (438,390) to join Wilson Contreras (1,555,490) and Brian McCann (725,484) in the top three of the “The Primary” phase of the voting.

No other player on the St. Louis Cardinals is currently in the top 5 at any other position in the balloting.

Voting for “The Primary” concludes this Friday at 3pm CT.

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