photo: Mike Mayers (Memphis Redbirds)
St. Louis Cardinals press release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced today (Tuesday, July 23) that they have activated right-handed reliever Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) from the 60-day Injured List and designated left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve for assignment. The team also announced that infielder Matt Carpenter (right foot contusion) will begin an injury rehabilitation assignment tonight with the Memphis Redbirds (AAA).
Mayers, 27, appeared in eight games for the Cardinals to open the season, going 0-1 with eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched. He was placed on the Injured List on April 16 and has missed 83 games. Mayers, who began an injury rehabilitation assignment on June 26, appeared in 10 games for Memphis, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 games (10.0 IP). The 6-2, 220-pound Ohio native owns a 3-3 career mark with a 6.94 ERA in 65 games (70.0 IP).
Carpenter injured his foot during the 7th inning on July 15 when he fouled off a pitch and was placed on the 10-day I.L. the following day. He’s been on the Injured List twice this month (also July 2-10 with a lower back strain).
Shreve, who was credited with the win in last night’s 10-inning win, has appeared in three games since having his contract purchased from Memphis on July 11.
Mayers wears uniform no. 59.
Brian Walton’s take
As this is Shreve’s second removal from the 40-man roster, unless he is traded or claimed by another organization off outright waivers, he will receive the right to become a free agent, now or at the conclusion of the season.
Though Shreve would forfeit the remainder of his $900,000 contract for this season by declaring free agency, he may prefer to do so rather than return to Memphis, looking for a chance to re-boot his career with another organization. Shreve would probably find another (Triple-A) home very soon.
If claimed, however, that organization would have to place Shreve on its 40-man and assume the remainder of his contract for 2019. This is less likely, but certainly not impossible, as left-handers seem to have (at least) nine lives. (It is worth noting that Shreve went unclaimed in March, though, and has not distinguished himself in the interim.)
Mayers’ rehab was unusually long, almost the entire 30-day limit, perhaps because the organization had a full 40-man roster and needed to open a spot to bring him off the 60-day IL. Shreve obliged (though obviously against his will). Still, Mayers was brought back three days earlier than planned due to the recent stretch of short starts having put a heavy workload on the bullpen.
Carpenter, mired in a season-long slump, is scheduled to play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Memphis and be activated by St. Louis for the upcoming home stand that begins on Friday. In his absence, reserves Tommy Edman and Yairo Muñoz have played well, perhaps creating a bit of a roster dilemma for the Cardinals ahead.
Minor league news – Schrock returns
Along with Carpenter, Memphis received another infielder on Tuesday as Max Schrock was activated off the Redbirds’ seven-day injured list. In his third IL stint of the season, the 24-year old had been out since July 5. Schrock has missed a total of 28 games in 2019, his second in the Cardinals organization, all with Memphis.
This season for the Redbirds, the left-handed hitter has slashed .252/.350/.346/.696 in 159 at-bats over 51 games.
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