Cardinals Activate Catcher Matt Wieters

photo: Matt Wieters via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals announcement

Brian Walton’s take

As club officials had explained earlier in the week, catcher Matt Wieters would be activated in Chicago. So it was on Friday, prior to Game 1 of the Cubs series. The 32-year old had been on the injured list since August 20 with a bruised toe and was traveling with the club at the first stop in Cincinnati. Wieters had been on the five-man taxi squad as the designated catcher. He now trades places with Andrew Knizner.

Matt Wieters

In his role as the rarely-used primary reserve to Yadier Molina, Wieters has no hits and one walk in 13 plate appearances this season. Knizner is 4-for-16, .250, in 2020.

Andrew Knizner

I had already disclosed the Cruz news Friday morning. The reliever is off the 40-man roster, but remains in the 60-man player pool for 2020.

What is next

To continue the team’s string of transactions, on Saturday, the club is expected to activate left-handed relief pitcher Andrew Miller. The Cardinals will also add a 29th man to the roster for the day’s doubleheader, almost certainly a pitcher.

However, candidates do not include Daniel Ponce de Leon, who threw a side session on Friday or Carlos Martinez, who is written in manager Mike Shildt’s “dark pencil” to start one of the two double-header games ahead on Tuesday.

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