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St. Louis Cardinals press release
Prior to tonight’s (Saturday’s) game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals have placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain and have recalled rookie outfielder Magneuris (Mag-NARE-ees) Sierra from Springfield (AA).
Piscotty, 26, injured his right groin last night while making a catch in the 9th inning off a ball hit to right field by the Pirates’ Josh Harrison and left the game.
The Cardinals right-fielder is making his second appearance on the disabled list this season as he missed 12 games from May 5-19 with a strained right hamstring earlier in the year. Piscotty is batting .236 with six home runs and 31 RBI over 69 games in 2017.
Sierra, 21, made his Major League debut on May 7 in Atlanta earlier this season after being purchased from Single-A Palm Beach. He hit safely in his first eight straight games and currently has the longest active hitting streak on the Cardinals. The left-handed hitting outfielder was batting .375 (12-32) with three RBI and a stolen base in eight games before being optioned to Springfield (AA) on May 19.
Through 65 games in the minors between Springfield and Palm Beach, Sierra is batting .286 with 16 doubles, six triples, a home run, 32 RBI and is 14-of-22 in stolen base attempts.
Sierra will wear uniform No. 43.
Brian Walton’s take
Well, in terms of 40-man roster outfield choices to replace Piscotty, the Cardinals were down to Sierra or Chad Huffman. The choice they made is of the player with the greatest upside. Why not?
Looks like the starting outfield could be Tommy Pham, Dexter Fowler and Sierra.
Saturday minor league news
I bet the Cards now wish they hadn’t sold Todd Cunningham’s contract to the Dodgers earlier this week. Memphis hasn’t replaced Jose Martinez, called up to St. Louis on Friday and now, Springfield needs a backfill for Sierra.
Another outfielder down
Thomas Spitz will not be part of the solution to the openings above, as the Palm Beach outfielder was placed on his club’s seven-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday.
Between 11 games at Springfield and 62 with Palm Beach, the 25-year old has a slash line of .264/.346/.362/.708. Spitz has 16 RBI, 37 runs scored and is 10-for-12 in base stealing attempts.
The Beach Birds are actually down two players, as the club also put starting pitcher Jake Woodford on the shelf for at least the next seven days – on the same schedule as Spitz.
In his most recent outing, Woodford only pitched one inning before Wednesday’s game was stopped by rain. For the season, TCN’s 13th-ranked Cardinals prospect has a 3.16 ERA over 15 starts. In 77 innings, the 20-year old right-hander has fanned 53 and issued 18 free passes.
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