(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals got a jump on their September call-ups as pitcher Genesis Cabrera is already with the club as today’s 26th man for the doubleheader against Cincinnati. The left-hander will soon be joined by pitchers Daniel Ponce de Leon, Junior Fernandez and Mike Mayers, outfielder Randy Arozarena, infielder Edmundo Sosa, and catcher Andrew Knizner.
Manager Mike Shildt made the announcement before today’s game, noting that Arozarena, Ravelo, and Sosa will join the team on Tuesday.
“The good news is with every single one of these guys, they’ve already been up and we know that they can contribute,” Shildt said. “There’s no hesitancy in going to them. And they know their roles, they’ve already been here and had a variety of roles but effectively they’ll be used when we feel it’s the most appropriate time.”
Having been out-righted to Memphis the beginning of this month, the Cardinals will need to add Mike Mayers back to their 40-man roster, which has an open spot from this week’s earlier release of Drew Robinson. In his last 10 games at Memphis, Mayers has earned six saves, while allowing 10 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings.
“Mayers has thrown the ball well,” Shildt said. “It was a tough decision in the first place. Michael came back and got three outings, didn’t really get a chance to pitch as much but clearly had done well before he had the injury. Went down, great attitude–luckily for us, he cleared. He’s been really good down there. He broke camp with us, he’s earned that opportunity to come back.”
Left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber’s name was brought up in discussion, but is not the plans to be called up.
“He just ran out of days and time,” Shildt explained. “He’s going to get another inning, so you’re looking at five innings of competitive baseball…it’s just hard to ask him to come up and find a spot for him with five innings.”
Pulled from his start last night for Memphis, Cabrera is eligible to pitch in both games and will stay with the club. He matched his career-high of 12 strikeouts in last start for the Redbirds, nine of them were in consecutive order to tie the Pacific Coast League record.
Outfielder Tyler O’Neill was officially activated from the Injured List before today’s game after missing 25 games with a left wrist strain. In six rehab games between Memphis and Springfield, he was 6-22 with a home run.
Jose Martinez is expected to return from the IL prior to tomorrow’s game. In five rehab assignment games at Springfield, Martinez has hit .500 (8-16) with 4 RBIs.
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